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Arguments Begin In WTC Dust Federal Lawsuit

Alex Constantine - December 11, 2007

December 10, 2007

Oral arguments began Monday in a federal lawsuit about whether the EPA knowingly failed to protect the public's health from toxins released by the World Trade Center collapse.

A government lawyer told a U.S. District Court judge that former EPA head Christine Todd Whitman can't be held liable for statements she made about the air quality after the attacks.

Residents and workers in Lower Manhattan and Brooklyn are suing Whitman, saying she lied when she said the air around the Trade Center site was safe to breathe.

Whitman's lawyer says holding her liable will have a chilling effect on future government officials.

The judge declined to immediately rule in the case.

Meanwhile, Senator Hillary Clinton and area lawmakers say they added $109 million in care for the workers as part of a massive spending bill.

But the White House has already threatened to veto the bill because of some other provisions in it.


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  1. She’s a bush appointee; of course she did. Like all nazi liars before her, she said it was perfectly safe and then proceeded to whitewash the health consequences. The really painful facts are that also the Bush subcontractor at the EPA running the radnet sensors did not calibrate the sensors, meaning that most all of them read low when the cloud from Fukushima passed over us. Even so, exposure is leading to 35% increase in infant mortality in west coast cities and will result in 14,000 excess deaths according to public health sources; that is probably very conservative number given past experiences with radiation releases. Keyword Search three mile island at alternet.org.

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