the EPA and Whitman said repeatedly — beginning just two days after the attack — that the air appeared safe to breathe. The EPA's internal watchdog later found that the agency, at the urging of White House officials, gave misleading assurances. …
Originally posted by Associated Press:
First published on Friday, February 3, 2006
Judge Slams Ex-EPA Chief over Sept. 11
by Larry Neumeister
A federal judge blasted former Environmental Protection Agency chief Christine Todd Whitman on Thursday for reassuring New Yorkers soon after the Sept. 11 attacks that it was safe to return to their homes and offices while toxic dust was polluting the neighborhood.
U.S. District Judge Deborah A. Batts refused to grant Whitman immunity against a class-action lawsuit brought in 2004 by residents, students and workers in lower Manhattan and Brooklyn who said they were exposed to hazardous materials from the destruction of the World Trade Center.
"No reasonable person would have thought that telling thousands of people that it was safe to return to lower Manhattan, while knowing that such return could pose long-term health risks and other dire consequences, was conduct sanctioned by our laws," the judge said.
She called Whitman's actions "conscience-shocking," saying the EPA chief knew that the collapse of the twin towers released tons of hazardous materials into the air.
In her ruling, Batts noted that the EPA and Whitman said repeatedly — beginning just two days after the attack — that the air appeared safe to breathe. The EPA's internal watchdog later found that the agency, at the urging of White House officials, gave misleading assurances.
The judge said a public official cannot be held personally liable for putting the public in harm's way unless the conduct was so egregious as "to shock the contemporary conscience." Given her role in protecting the health and environment for Americans, Whitman's reassurances after Sept. 11 were "without question conscience-shocking," Batts said.
Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., said in a statement that New Yorkers are still depending on the federal government to describe any ongoing risk from contaminants.
"I continue to believe that the White House owes New Yorkers an explanation," she said.
Jerrold Nadler a Democrat whose district includes the trade center site, said the many people who worked at the site and developed respiratory diseases deserve answers. "It is my assumption that thousands of people — workers and residents — are being slowly poisoned today because these workplaces and residences were never properly cleaned up,"
Originally posted by Wikipedia:
On June 27, 2003, after having several public conflicts with the Bush administration, Whitman resigned from her position. Whitman stated that Vice President Dick Cheney's insistence on easing air pollution controls led to her resignation.
At the time, he pushed the EPA to institute a new rule allowing large polluting plants to make major alterations without installing costly new pollution controls. Refusing sign off on the new rule, Whitman announced her resignation.
Whitman decided that President Bush should have an EPA administrator willing to defend the new rule in court, which she could not bring herself to do. Federal judges later overturned the new rule, saying it violated the Clean Air Act.
"Whitman decided that President Bush should have an EPA administrator willing to defend the new rule in court, which she could not bring herself to do."
So what allowed her to go with the flow over the Dead Centre? I think the liar wants to rethink her Wiki entry. She got sued for dereliction for duty because of them the first time. So how could she possibly do their dirty work a second time?
I mean: And expect to get away with it.