EPA's Air Quality Report Finds Few Contaminants In Post-9/11 Dust Samples
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The Environmental Protection Agency has issued its final report on the downtown air quality following the September 11th terror attacks, and the agency says tests found very few contaminants in the samples it studied.
The report, which tabulates the results of more than 28,000 samples, says that tests found a very minimal amount of lead, asbestos, and other contaminants.
Congressman Jerry Nadler dismissed the report, calling it a continuing cover-up of the failure of the EPA and the Bush administration.
Nadler says that following the attacks, the agency cleaned only a small percentage of downtown apartments, and that the cleaning was not up to federal standards.
The result of the EPA's report will be studied by a review panel that was formed after several local politicians complained that the EPA prematurely assured New Yorkers that the post-9/11 pollution and rubble posed no health threat.