- College algebra to be removed from Southeast required curriculum (10/10/17)1
- State declares test results for schools invalid (10/4/17)2
- Child-custody advocate: State law needs fix to provide parents with more equal custody (10/12/17)
- One of Cape's oldest mom-and-pop restaurants opens in new location (10/10/17)
- Past Rowdy the Redhawk mascot's identity revealed (10/15/17)
- Cancer will 'change your life, but it doesn't have to rule it' (10/8/17)
- Police chief, council: Cape Girardeau faces growing gun violence (10/17/17)4
- Bills addressing equal child custody to be filed, legislators say (10/13/17)
- Developer asks court to OK tax district board for improvements near Hobby Lobby (10/17/17)4
- Sikeston singer moves on with 'The Voice' (10/16/17)
Administration avoids issues of 9-11 toxins
To the editor:
Earlier this summer I visited New York. I viewed the World Trade Center site where work teams were still hauling away rubble. Workers were wearing protective clothing and breathing apparatuses, which made me wonder if I should be too.
In addition to those who died on 9-11, tens of thousands in the surrounding area continued to be exposed to toxins as fires continued for months. Even now, toxic residues from the WTC are still present. The EPA's inspector general reports that a proper cleanup of the surrounding area has yet to be conducted.
In August 2003, the EPA inspector general disclosed that the White House "convinced EPA to add reassuring statements [in news releases] and delete cautionary ones, and that the EPA's best professional advice was overruled." Moreover, "All EPA statements were cleared in advance by the White House." Residents were told the air was safe before sufficient testing had been performed. Additionally, the former EPA administrator, Christine Todd Whitman, stated she had held back critical information the EPA scientists had included in draft news releases -- per the White House.
After 9-11 Americans looked to their government for leadership. Residents returned and Wall Street reopened because the air was "safe." Our heroes in uniform did not use breathing apparatuses because the air was "safe," Now over 40 percent have severe respiratory complications.
This issue demonstrates that when citizens need honesty from the Bush administration the most, they should believe it the least.