posted on May, 23 2012 @ 02:21 PM
NY Mayor, Rudy Giuliani downplayed the health effects from 9/11, he opened wall street soon afterwards and said "the air quality is safe and
However, in the weeks after the attacks, the United States Geological Survey identified hundreds of asbestos 'hot spots' of debris dust that
remained on buildings. By the end of the month the USGS reported that the toxicity of the debris was akin to that of drain cleaner. It would
eventually be determined that a wide swath of lower Manhattan and Brooklyn had been heavily contaminated by highly caustic and toxic materials.The
city's health agencies, such as the Department of Environmental Protection, did not supervise or issue guidelines for the testing and cleanup of
private buildings. Instead, the city left this responsibility to building owners.
Giuliani took control away from agencies such as the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the Army Corps of Engineers and the Occupational Safety and
Health Administration, leaving the "largely unknown" city Department of Design and Construction in charge of recovery and cleanup. Documents
indicate that the Giuliani administration never enforced federal requirements requiring the wearing of respirators. Concurrently, the administration
threatened companies with dismissal if cleanup work slowed.
In June 2007, Christie Todd Whitman, former Republican Governor of New Jersey and director of the Environmental Protection Agency, reportedly stated
that the EPA had pushed for workers at the WTC site to wear respirators but that she had been blocked by Giuliani. She stated that she believed that
the subsequent lung disease and deaths suffered by WTC responders were a result of these actions. However, former deputy mayor Joe Lhota, then with
the Giuliani campaign, replied, "All workers at Ground Zero were instructed repeatedly to wear their respirators."
Giuliani asked the city's Congressional delegation to limit the city's liability for Ground Zero illnesses be limited to a total of $350 million.
Two years after Giuliani finished his term, FEMA appropriated $1 billion to a special insurance fund, called the World Trade Center Captive Insurance
Company, to protect the city against 9/11 lawsuits.
In February 2007, the International Association of Fire Fighters issued a letter asserting that Giuliani rushed to conclude the recovery effort once
gold and silver had been recovered from World Trade Center vaults and thereby prevented the remains of many victims from being recovered: "Mayor
Giuliani's actions meant that fire fighters and citizens who perished would either remain buried at Ground Zero forever, with no closure for
families, or be removed like garbage and deposited at the Fresh Kills Landfill", it said, adding: "Hundreds remained entombed in Ground Zero when
Giuliani gave up on them." Lawyers for the International Association of Fire Fighters seek to interview Giuliani under oath as part of a federal
legal action alleging that New York City negligently dumped body parts and other human remains in the Fresh Kills Landfill.