Documents: Feds, City Knew Of Ground Zero Toxins

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[url=http://wcbstv.com/topstories/local_story_249164937.html]CBS[/url] said:
Documents: Feds, City Knew Of Ground Zero Toxins
(CBS) NEW YORK tunning proof has been uncovered that the government knowingly put New Yorkers in harm's way after 9/11.

CBS 2 News has obtained documents revealing that Lower Manhattan was reopened a few weeks following the attack even though the air was not safe.

The two devastating memos, written by the U.S. and local governments, show they knew. They knew the toxic soup created at Ground Zero was a deadly health hazard. Yet they sent workers into the pit and people back into their homes.

One of the memos, from the New York City health department, dated Oct. 6, 2001, noted: "The mayor's office is under pressure from building owners ... in the Red Zone to open more of the city." The memo said the Department of Environmental Protection was "uncomfortable" with opening the areas but, "The mayor's office was directing the Office of Emergency Management to open the target areas next week."

"Not only did they know it was unsafe, they didn't heed the words of more experienced people that worked for the city and E.P.A.," said Joel Kupferman, with the group Environmental Justice Project.

Another part of the memo noted: "The E.P.A. has been very slow to make data results available and to date has not sufficiently informed the public of air quality issues arising from this disaster."

"Unfortunately, it doesn't surprise me," said health protestor Yuichi Tamamo. "For the last five years we've been saying air quality here has been horrible."

It also doesn't suprise Carmen Flores, who lives in an apartment in the Baruch Houses that was engulfed in the 9/11 toxic plume. Her health has deteriorated and she has multiple medicines.

"I feel forgotten," she said.

Bruce Sprague, an E.P.A. official in the New York and New Jersey region during 9/11 admited to CBS 2 News the agency was finding alarming air quality readings at Ground Zero and in the surrounding areas.

Sprague said the E.P.A. had written much more conservative health assessments, but the memos had to go to Washington. And when the White House got its hands on them, they -- according to Sprague -- softened them.

The city health department refused to comment on the memo, but inside sources told CBS 2 News the memo is real. And its veracity is not questioned by the Environmental Justice Project's Kupferman.

He calls it "a smoking gun."

(© MMVI, CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved.)
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Mecha said:
"...Yet they sent workers into the pit..."

Just in case you have missed this. It is, after all, the 5 year anniversary.

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Hey Mecha... the sheer number of firemen, policemen, paramedics, and civilians who were trapped in Ground Zero wouldn't have mattered much if the entire place was heavily radiated... these brave rescue personnel would have gone into the pit whether the government wanted them to or not. 3,000 people died and lots more tried to rescue these people!

Can you imagine what would have happened if the City of New York blocked off Ground Zero and said nobody can enter to rescue trapped personnel?

I question the motives of this CBS article; the terrorists are the bad guys here; they caused the problem! CBS seems to be wanting to cast the blame for this catastrophy on City Government, or Federal Government, or even other rescue personnel for attempting to re-enter the zone called "Ground Zero"... they re-entered this area to try to save lives!

Using CBS's idealology, all of lower Manhatten should have been evacuated!

Lastly the following quote:

"Bruce Sprague, an E.P.A. official in the New York and New Jersey region during 9/11 admited to CBS 2 News the agency was finding alarming air quality readings at Ground Zero and in the surrounding areas."

Los Angeles also has "alarming" air quality readings and I don't see the EPA worried a bit!!!
 
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Los Angeles also has "alarming" air quality readings and I don't see the EPA worried a bit!
You honestly think that? lol

Using CBS's idealology, all of lower Manhatten should have been evacuated!
CBS's ideology? You don't think it could have anything to do with the air and EPA? You also say that as though evacuation and not allowing anyone in was the absolutely only option.

I question the motives of this CBS article; the terrorists are the bad guys here; they caused the problem! CBS seems to be wanting to cast the blame for this catastrophy on City Government, or Federal Government, or even other rescue personnel for attempting to re-enter the zone called "Ground Zero"... they re-entered this area to try to save lives!
Umm... thats not all the workers did. For example cleaning up the area. If the air is dangerous, one would only stay for what must be done (ie rescue operations) and protect oneself from the air contamination. However, they were falsely assured it was safe. Thus, they didn't take any precautions against the air, or anything else that common sense would dictate in an area with toxic air.

the sheer number of firemen, policemen, paramedics, and civilians who were trapped in Ground Zero wouldn't have mattered much if the entire place was heavily radiated...
Do you not see a problem if it was heavily irradiated, but the government told them falsely the opposite, resulting in thousands of illnesses and begining to result in deaths in the workers and people of the effected area?


Does it not mean Bush immediately failed to protect Americans when his Administration chose to allow this? In fact, directly caused the illness and death.

~Mecha