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Health Agencies Update
September 24, 2003

Public Misled About Post-9/11 Air Quality

JAMA. 2003;290(12):1569. doi:10.1001/jama.290.12.1569-a

In the days following the September 11, 2001, collapse of the World Trade Center towers in New York, the White House told the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to reassure the public that breathing the air in lower Manhattan was safe, although the agency did not have sufficient data to support the assertion, concludes an internal report from the EPA's inspector general. The agency subsequently deleted cautionary language and added reassuring words to a number of public statements released in the days and weeks following the tragedy, the report says .

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