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Environmentalists Raise Concerns About Pollution From Fiberglass and Asbestos in the Rubbleof the World Trade Center

September 24, 2001

Twenty thousand people prayed in Yankee Stadium on Sunday as thousands of workers continued to dig through the rubblewhere the World Trade Centers once stood. Construction workers using heavy equipment are beginning to replace thefiremen, police, emergency workers and national guardsmen who have been working at ground zero for nearly two weeks.

In the midst of the rescue and cleanup efforts, there has been little discussion of the environmental impact of theWorld Trade Center collapse, but environmentalists have raised concerns about the pulverized asbestos, fiberglass,PCB’s and other potentially harmful materials being inhaled by both workers and local residents.


  • Joel Kupferman, Executive Director, New York Environmental Law and Justice Project.

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