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"Messages in the Dust"
Contents
Title Page
Copyright
Background
Preface
Acknowledgments
Executive Summary
Introduction
Part 1. A Day of Disaster
A ‘pollution event’
Emergency response
Environmental Health Issues at the Pentagon
Springing into action
Tests for a ‘dirty bomb’
Reinforcements
Federal environmental help
Medical triage
Environmental health gaps
Lack of preparedness
Part 2. The day after: How officials responded
The scene at Ground Zero
What category of catastrophe?
The rescue effort
Who was in charge?
Immediate environmental health issues
Traditional public health functions
Re-establishing a command center
Biggest vacuum: Respirators
Protecting the lungs of rescue workers
Teaming up with Teamsters
Multi-agency coordination
Assessing Risks
Air and water monitoring
Interior environments
Unique challenges
Conclusions
Environmental health: a low priority?
Part 3. Was environmental health protected on 9/11? Whistleblowers, watchdogs and wee little people
Reassuring residents
Reassurances repeated
Critics surface
Schools reopen
Local mistrust
Evidence of health effects
Criticisms of the EPA
Flip-flopping on cars
Deeper criticisms
Conclusion
Post script
Part 4. Lessons Learned