S. Hrg. 107-524, Pt. 1: Air Quality in New York City After the September 11, 2001 Attacks: Field Hearing before the Subcommittee on Clean Air, Wetlands, and Climate Change of the Committee on Environment and Public Works, United States Senate, One Hundred Seventh Congress, Second Session, February 11, 2002   [open pdf - 58MB]

S. Hrg. 107-524, Part I: "Today we've gathered to discuss a particular problem: the public health consequences of the attacks on the World Trade Center for the men and women who live and work here and for the children who go to school here. Especially for the workers whose tireless efforts in the cleanup and recovery of the site have reminded so many of us of what's best in America. There are serious concerns about the level of asbestos and benzene and heavy metals at and around the site. Workers at Ground Zero, from firefighters to police officers, to the construction workers and the sanitation workers and so many others, have reported respiratory ailments, mostly complaining of the newly named 'World Trade Center cough.' According to the Firefighters Union, nearly 750 firefighters have taken medical leave since the cleanup began. The air conditions in the surrounding neighborhood also have raised the community's anxiety. With private studies sometimes contradicting the Government, people don't know what to believe." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Hillary Rodham Clinton, Joseph I. Lieberman, George Voinovich, Judith Berger-Arroyo, Elizabeth H. Berger, Marilena Christodoulou, Thomas R. Frieden, Joel A. Miele, Sr., Eric A. Goldstein, Julie Hiraga, Randi Weingarten, Marianne C. Jackson, Carl Johnson, Kerry J. Kelly, Jane M. Kenny, Philip J. Landrigan, Stephen M. Levin, Edward J. Malloy, Jerrold Nadler, Bernard Orlan, Thomas J. Scotto, George D. Thurston, Agreement, WTC Emergency Project Partnership, various articles, and attachments from EPA.

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