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Friday, September 08, 2006

Christie Whitman is a fucking liar




Whitman: 9/11 health woes are city's fault
BY GRAHAM RAYMAN AND GLENN THRUSH
Newsday Staff Writers

September 8, 2006

Former EPA administrator Christine Todd Whitman is blaming the city for not forcing Ground Zero workers to wear respirators, prompting a fiery response from the city's top lawyer.

In a "60 Minutes" interview to air Sunday, Whitman maintains that the nation's leading environmental agency did not have authority to enforce rules at the site, though the agency did warn the city about dangers in the air at Ground Zero.

"We didn't have the authority to do that enforcement, but we communicated to the people who did," Whitman says in the interview with Katie Couric.

"EPA was very firm in what it communicated and it did communicate up and down the line [to city officials]," Whitman says, referring to the city as the "primary responder."

"In no uncertain terms?" Couric asks.

"Uh-huh, in no uncertain terms," Whitman replies.

Michael Cardozo, the city's corporation counsel, responded sternly and unequivocally.

"Ms. Whitman's latest comments do not reflect what happened in the days and weeks after this attack," Cardozo said in a statement Thursday night. "The city obtained respirators for employees and workers and stressed every day repeatedly that their use was required while working on the pile or performing certain tasks."

"When New York City was attacked on Sept. 11, all of America was attacked -- and the City of New York did everything within its power to protect those who participated in the recovery effort," he said.

Rudolph Giuliani, who was mayor at the time, also said repeatedly that the air was safe.

Former deputy mayor Joe Lhota, in a response to questions posed to a spokeswoman for Giuliani, said, "The EPA publicly reported that the general air quality was safe and the city repeatedly instructed workers on the pile to use their respirators."


She's full of shit, Giuliani is full of shit. They didn't fucking care Ground Zero was a toxic waste dump as long as Wall Street opened and now Bloomberg doesn't want to pay the bill for it. People are dying literally on the streets who worked at Ground Zero.

posted by Steve @ 1:36:00 AM

1:36:00 AM

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