Saturday, June 24, 2006

EPA/White House Misled Public on 9/11 Pollution

In the aftermath of the Sept. 11, 2001, attack on the World Trade Center, the White House instructed the Environmental Protection Agency to give the public misleading information, telling New Yorkers it was safe to breathe when reliable information on air quality was not available.

That finding is included in a
report by the Office of the Inspector General of the EPA. It noted that some of the agency's news releases in the weeks after the attack were softened before being released to the public: Reassuring information was added, while cautionary information was deleted.

President Bush's senior environmental adviser defended the White House involvement, saying it was justified by national security. [Bull]

The White House "convinced EPA to add reassuring statements and delete cautionary ones" by having the National Security Council control EPA communications after the Sept. 11 terror attacks, according to the above mentioned report issued by EPA Inspector General Nikki Tinsley.


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