Bush to New Yorkers: Drop Dead

How the White House covered up the health hazards of 9/11

| September 19, 2003


The Bush administration 'directly interfered' with EPA warnings about toxic fallout from the World Trade Center collapse, reports Harvey Wasserman in the Free Press.

In addition to being loaded with asbestos, the World Trade Center housed concrete, plastics, chemical cleaners and office equipment filled with mercury, lead, and other hazardous chemicals. The EPA knew of the dangers of these materials in the air and wanted to take precautions to save lives. But the White House, citing 'competing considerations,' opted instead to withhold the information so Wall Street could be re-opened as quickly as possible and clean-up costs and liability claims could be limited, Wasserman notes, adding that the 'deaths of three thousand people will be dwarfed over the long term by the lethal fallout.'

'George W. Bush has officially told the people of New York City that as far as he's concerned, they can drop dead,' Wasserman writes. 'And thanks to his lies, many of them will.'
-- Erin Ferdinand

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