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  • 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.
    Sep 24, 2001 | Story
  • Today, we will meet a doctor who has treated a parade of Ground Zero patients . . . a lawyer working on behalf ofpolice union activists investigating why so many cops are coughing . . . a parent whose son goes to Stuyvesant HighSchool, blocks from Ground Zero, where kids are suffering nosebleeds and other respiratory problems . . . organizerswho started a free mobile health unit to treat the hundreds of sick workers . . . and a woman who was sent...
    Jan 17, 2002 | Story
  • After breathing in thick dust and fumes from burning jet fuel, search and rescue workers and other emergencypersonnel who toiled through the World Trade Center rubble after September 11 are experiencing a high level ofrespiratory illness. Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton told a Senate committee hearing this week that twenty-fivepercent of New York City firefighters "have some kind of respiratory, bronchitis, or asthmatic reaction."
    Mar 14, 2002 | Story
  • Hundreds of low-income New Yorkers marched through lower Manhattan yesterday to protest the cover-up of September 11ths toxic aftermath. They also demanded the Red Cross and FEMA change their disaster relief procedures, saying they discriminate against immigrants and low-income people.
    Jun 06, 2002 | Story
  • New yet-to-be-released report from the EPA’s inspector criticizes the White House for ordering the deletion of information warning downtown New York residents about possible health effects and preventing the release on information on how the public should clean contaminated apartments. [Includes Transcript]
    Aug 12, 2003 | Story
  • An EPA report reveals that White House staff ordered the EPA to minimize health dangers after 911 and Daily News reporter Juan Gonzalez reveals that the man responsible was previously an industry lawyer who represented major asbestos and toxic polluters. [Includes transcript]
    Aug 26, 2003 | Story
  • New York City workers and residents are suing the Environmental Protection Agency for failing to protect people from the poor air quality in the days and weeks following the World Trade Center attacks, accusing then-EPA head Christine Todd Whitman of "a shockingly deliberate indifference to human health." [includes transcript]
    Mar 11, 2004 | Story
  • A new Sierra Club report raises new questions about the Bush administration’s handling of the cleanup of downtown Manhattan in the days after 9/11. We’ll speak with the author of the report and a downtown Manhattan resident who suffers respiratory illness from World Trade Center dust. [includes rush transcript]
    Aug 19, 2004 | Story
  • A memo from a top New York City Health Department official written less than a month after 9/11 has revealed sharp disagreements between health officials and other Giuliani administration aides over how to handle environmental contamination after 9/11. Democracy Now!’s co-host Juan Gonzalez discusses the story. [includes rush transcript]
    Aug 24, 2006 | Story
  • A major new study of 9/11 health effects finds that nearly seven out of every ten first responders at Ground Zero suffer from chronic lung ailments. For the past five years city, state and federal officials have downplayed the health dangers of the toxic dust that was released when the World Trade Center collapsed. We speak with co-author of the Mount Sinai study. [includes rush transcript]
    Sep 07, 2006 | Story