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 .
Vastag B. Public Misled About Post-9/11 Air Quality. JAMA. 2003;290(12):1569. doi:10.1001/jama.290.12.1569-a