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Environmental Monitoring Data Related to the World Trade Center Disaster Response Available to Public; EPA Invites Public to New Information Repository in Lower Manhattan

Release Date: 10/30/2001
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(#01132) New York, N.Y. -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has established an information repository containing environmental monitoring data gathered in response to the World Trade Center disaster. The information is available at the EPA library located at 290 Broadway in lower Manhattan, which is the location of the agency's regional offices.

EPA began its environmental monitoring work on September 11, shortly after the terrorist attacks occurred. Since then, the Agency has done extensive sampling and analysis of air quality and dust throughout lower Manhattan and other potentially impacted areas, including Brooklyn, Staten Island and northern New Jersey. EPA also gathered data on drinking water and river water and sediments. All of this data is updated Monday through Friday and is available at EPA's regional library located on the 16th Floor at 290 Broadway in lower Manhattan. The library is open to the public Monday through Thursday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and on Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

"We continue to closely monitor air quality and other environmental conditions in and around ground zero," said William J. Muszynski, EPA Acting Regional Administrator. "While we have fortunately not found levels of contaminants that pose a significant health risk to the general public, our efforts to monitor the area and keep the public informed of our findings have not waned. We welcome all concerned members of the public to our lower Manhattan offices to review the information we've gathered and to visit our Web site."

Much of EPA's monitoring data, including data maps and general environmental summaries, is available at EPA's Web site at http://www.epa.gov.