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EPA Holds Meeting on Draft Report on Health Effects from the World Trade Center Disaster

Release Date: 06/18/2003
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Suzanne Ackerman, 202-564-7819 or

(06/18/03) On July 14 and 15, EPA will hold a peer review meeting in New York City on the draft report, “Exposure and Human Health Evaluation of Airborne Pollution from the World Trade Center Disaster,” an evaluation of the environmental levels of air pollutants to which the public could potentially have been exposed as a result of the collapse of the World Trade Center towers. The public is invited to observe the peer review conducted by an independent panel of scientific experts. In December 2002, EPA released the draft report for public review, and all public comments received by EPA were provided to the peer reviewers. Both public review and expert scientific review are customary and important steps that the Agency takes to ensure full and open participation by interested parties and that reports conform to the highest scientific standards. The draft evaluation concluded that with the exception of people exposed immediately following the collapse and perhaps during the next few days, people in the surrounding community are not likely to suffer from serious long or short term health effects from the attack on the World Trade Center. The draft document is available at: A Federal Register notice published today provides logistical information on the meeting. Further information on attending the meeting is available at or by calling Ms. Traci Bludis, Versar, Inc. at (703)750-3000, Ext. 449.