EPA Initiates Emergency Response Activities, Reassures Public About Environmental Hazards [September 13, 2001] [open pdf - 257KB]
"U.S. Environmental Protection Agency [EPA] Administrator Christie Whitman today announced that EPA is taking steps to ensure the safety of rescue workers and the public at the World Trade Center and the Pentagon disaster sites, and to protect the environment. EPA is working with state, federal, and local agencies to monitor and respond to potential environmental hazards and minimize any environmental effects of the disasters and their aftermath. At the request of the New York City Department of Health, EPA and the U.S. Department of Labor= s [sic] Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) have been on the scene at the World Trade Center monitoring exposure to potentially contaminated dust and debris. Monitoring and sampling conducted on Tuesday and Wednesday have been very reassuring about potential exposure of rescue crews and the public to environmental contaminants."
United States. Environmental Protection Agency: http://www.epa.gov/