Magazine article Occupational Hazards

Democrats Renew Call for Whitman Inquiry

Magazine article Occupational Hazards

Democrats Renew Call for Whitman Inquiry

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Three House Democrats sent a letter to Attorney General Alberto Gonzalez asking him to Listing 1 appoint a special prosecutor to determine whether criminal charges are warranted against former EPA Administrator Christine Todd Whitman, who shortly after Sept. 11 gave workers and residents of Lower Manhattan the green light to return.

The letter, penned by Reps. Jerrold Nadler and Anthony Weiner of New York and Rep. Bill Pascrell Jr. of New Jersey points to the mounting evidence that many of the estimated 40,000 people who worked at Ground Zero are suffering from or have suffered from lung ailments and other illnesses. Four responders have died, allegedly from exposure to World Trade Center dust particles.

"Christie Whitman repeatedly declared the air safe, and now thousands of people are sick, and some have died, from World Trade Center contamination," Nadler said.

The letter asserts that new evidence has been uncovered "that highlights the need for a special counsel."

Specifically, the letter points to a February ruling issued by U.S. District Judge Deborah Batts in response to a civil suit filed on behalf of residents, students and workers in Lower Manhattan and Brooklyn against EPA, Whitman and other current and former EPA officials. …

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