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June 26th, 2007

Polluted WTC Air

Christie Whitman

Giuliani discouraged use of respirators by WTC workers

“In an upcoming interview with WNBC-TV, former head of the EPA Christie Whitman says former Mayor Rudy Giuliani blocked her efforts to force WTC workers to wear respirators.

Former Environmental Protection Agency boss Christie Whitman says she urged Ground Zero workers to wear respirators, but then-Mayor Rudy Giuliani blocked her efforts.

She also said city officials didn’t want EPA workers wearing haz-mat suits because they “didn’t want this image of a city falling apart.”"

Former EPA chief Whitman booed as she testifies about 9-11 air safety

“The woman who led the top U.S. environmental agency during the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks was bombarded by boos and a host of accusations in a congressional hearing room Monday as she defended her assurances that it had been safe to breathe the air around the fallen World Trade Center.

The confrontation between Christie Whitman, former head of the Environmental Protection Agency, and her critics grew heated at times. Some members of the audience shouted in anger until they were gaveled down by Democratic Rep. Jerrold Nadler, whose district includes New York City.”

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