By Anthony DePalma

The area alternate Center’s destruction unleashed one of many gravest environmental catastrophes in U.S. heritage. Now, former long island instances flooring 0 reporter Anthony DePalma offers an entire accounting of the catastrophe that Sep 11. He separates myths from reality…reveals judgements that destroyed public trust…shares sufferers’ untold stories…and is helping us make sure this by no means occurs back.

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16. 10 Ibid. , p. 42. S. Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Inspector General, “Survey of Air Quality Information Related to the World Trade Center Collapse” (Report No. 2003P-00014), 26 September 2003. 13 From the Library of Wow! eBook 3 Significant chaos As the air began to clear over Lower Manhattan that first morning, and the heaviest dust from the choking plumes started to lift, weak September sunlight revealed the terrorists’ shocking achievement: a ten-story pile of twisted steel and blasted concrete festering like a tumor on the heart of America’s most critical financial district.

The burning jet fuel that had torched the remains of the towers and its contents—the carpets and wooden desks, the plastic computer casings and the synthetic ceiling tiles—would be emitting volatile organic compounds and dangerous chemicals. The thousands of fluorescent bulbs containing mercury, the computer monitors containing lead, the splintered glass, the shredded fiberglass and the tons of reinforced concrete that had been turned to dust—all these and a hundred more had been discharged by the tremendous force of the From the Library of Wow!

Before any rational response could be effectively implemented, the question of who was in charge of the site had to be answered. At first, it was clear that the EPA was not the lead agency. New York had marshaled its municipal resources almost immediately. By the end of the first day, some 20,000 police officers had responded to the call for help. The fire department had called in nearly all 14,000 firefighters, From the Library of Wow! eBook 2 • Optimism or arrogance? 33 including those who were off duty.

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