World Trade Center Environmental Organization
"I'm glad to reassure the people of New York that their air is safe to breathe."
Christine Todd Whitman September 18, 2001
"Residents are advised to use a wet mop... to clean their apartments."
New York City Department of Health
Over 21 Deaths to date from Illness Among Ground Zero Workers; One, Age 34
"This is just the tip of the iceberg." Attorney David Worby January 13, 2006
In the interest of sanity (mostly mine) the World Trade Center Environmental Organization will not be keeping a rigorously up-to-date tally of the deaths from 9/11-related illness.
Bone Marrow Needed by Stuyvesant High School Alumnus
How Science Was Abused to Perpetrate Lies After 9/11: A Cautionary Tale for the Approaching Peak Oil Disaster
Judge Slams Whitman and EPA NY Times
Giuliani Also Implicated
Environmental Disaster of 9/11 May Hurt Giuliani Presidential Bid
Click on pictures above for more terrestrial views of dust cloud NASA photos
Letter To Dr. John Howard
Dr. Howard's Response
Letter from Stuyvesant Students
Apply for the WTC Health Effects Treatment Program/ WTC Medical Monitoring Program or
Other Treatment Programs for Sick First Responders of 9/11, Residents et al.
Drugs at Cost for First Responders
Sign the Petition for Comprehensive Health Care
Dust to Dust: The Health Effects of 9/11: Sundance Channel, September 11, 2006, 10 P.M.
Act 2: From the Wilderness' Peak Oil Blog
Under the Radar: Peak Oil News You May Have Missed
World Trade Center Environmental Organization Spokesperson's poem "Dubya's Lament: If I Only Had a Brain" in Cynic Magazine's Best of 2005.
9/11, [Phrase Removed] and Twelve Foot Reptiles in the Royal Family
Chapter 1, Chapter 2, (excerpted) One Big Thing, (New!) Chapter 5, 'Whitman Interrupted' or One Resident's Story from Ground Zero Wars, a memoir of the environmental disaster of 9/11 from the point of view of a Stuyvesant High School mother.
In the speech posted here, I did not say "air particles." That phrase is the result of editorial manipulation.
World Trade Center Environmental Organization Spokesperson named among leading 9/11 Truth women.
Contact: Jenna Orkin
The Three R's: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
September 11 was an event that has changed the world and life as we know it. It was also an environmental disaster of epic proportions. Hundreds of tons of asbestos were pulverized into unusually small particles which the plume carried for miles to Brooklyn and beyond.
The towers also contained approximately 50,000 computers each made with approximately four pounds of lead and this does not take into account the five other buildings that were destroyed. The tens of thousands of fluorescent light bulbs each contained 41 mg mercury. The alkalinity of the dust was equivalent to that of liquid drain cleaner.
Photographs of the dust cloud
and from Aman Zafar
PCBs reached 75,000 times their previous record: ["PCBs were detected at high concentrations. The Toxic Equivalency (TEQ)... is 151pg/L. In previous harbor work...the highest observed PCB TEQ was 0.002pg.L." EPA Report, September 20, quoted in Fallout Gonzalez, Juan] The smoke detectors contained radioactive americium 241. ( EPA Policy Analyst Hugh Kaufman ) In early October, 2001, Dr. Thomas Cahill of the University of Davis at California found levels of very- and ultrafine particulates that were the highest he'd seen of 7000 samples taken around the world including at the burning Kuwaiti oil fields. Months after the disaster the EPA recorded hitherto unseen levels of dioxin .
Nonetheless, beginning on September 13, EPA Administrator Christine Todd Whitman declared the air to be safe. As a result, Ground Zero workers often labored without benefit of respiratory protection. At a hearing held by the EPA Ombudsman Robert Martin and his Chief Investigator Hugh Kaufman , Lieutenant Manuel Gomez testified that when he brought his own respirator he was instructed not to wear it for fear of frightening the public. New York City Transit worker Walter Jensen has stated that when he asked for a respirator he was threatened with disciplinary action and firing. He later suffered a heart attack and at the age of fifty-five says he will never work again. Scientists such as Dr. Cate Jenkins, Dr. Marjorie Clarke, Paul Bartlett and others warned of the consequences of inhaling the toxic dust and fumes but were unheeded by the agencies in charge.
Also as a result of the EPA's repeated denials that there was anything amiss in the air, residents returned home. The EPA having renounced its authority overindoor air, the residents cleared thousands of tons of toxic dust according to instructions they were given by the New York City Department of Health: Use a wet mop or wet rag. Workers also returned to their offices downtown. In early October, Borough of Manhattan Community College and Stuyvesant High School reopened. Since state and federal laws were suspended in the 'emergency' conditions that prevailed for the eight months of cleanup, the main waste transfer station was placed at Stuyvesant's North entrance next to the ventilation system intakes and across the street from BMCC's 17,000 students and a housing complex of 5000.
The World Trade Center Environmental Organization was founded to protest these circumstances, in particular the barge operation. In March, 2002 we organized a demonstration which was attended by hundreds of protesters from the Stuyvesant Parents' Association, as well as residential and other organizations. Members of WTCEO went on to serve on the Steering Committees of 9/11 Environmental Action and Concerned Stuyvesant Community. The activists of these organizations have also demonstrated and testified at hearings at all levels of government as well as at the many scientific conferences that have been held concerning 9/11 toxic contamination.
As a result of community activism as well as the efforts of Congressman Nadler, the New York Environmental Law and Justice Project, NYCOSH and others, in May, 2002, the EPA reversed its stand on indoor air and announced it would undertake a voluntary cleanup program of apartments in the immediate vicinity of Ground Zero. The program was dangerously flawed, however, as was noted in the press.
In August, 2003, the Inspector General of the EPA confirmed the suspicions of the community and government activists: It issued a Report which stated that the EPA had changed press releases at the instigation of the White House Council on Environmental Quality. (The CEQ has also recently been cited as the source of edited press releases about climate change.)
The worst fears of the early alarm-sounders were also being confirmed: Ground Zero workers were manifesting persistent, debilitating respiratory symptoms which restricted their ability to work and live normally. Analogous symptoms were also appearing among residents and office workers as well as in the school community.
For further details see Testimony.
Translations (by human, rather than computer translators at Freelang.net):
Dutch (Nederlands,) French (francais), German (Deutsch), Italian (italiano) Portuguese (portugues) Spanish (Espanol)
The world faces another disaster of greater significance even than 9/11. It is known as Peak Oil. For further information on this unprecedented but globally catastrophic event, go to
Peak Oil including "Under the Radar: Peak Oil News You May Have Missed"
Jenna Orkin Website constructed: May 2004 Web Consultant: Jan Hoyer
WTCEO co-sponsors petition to Attorney General Eliot Spitzer for an investigation into 9/11
World Trade Center Environmental Organization's Articles On Environmental Disaster of 9/11 and related topics
Interview with firefighter/author Dennis Smith
"The Lingering Cloud of 9/11" on Fromthewilderness.com or Counterpunch
"EPA and a Dirty Bomb" in Counterpunch
9/11 the Sequel: The Toxic State of Lower Manhattan
Three Monkeys Online article/interview
EPA's New, Not Particularly Improved Sampling Plan
Reflections on 9/11 Envirodisaster and Bill Moyers
White House Reclaims $125 Million from Ground Zero Workers
The Unfairness of the FAIR Act to the Ground Zero Community
EPA's Latest Betrayal at Ground Zero
Testimony at Panel Meeting December 13, 2005
Notes from the Brooklyn Front
Saving Private Capital (written for Billionaires for Bush)
George Bush, the Joint Chiefs and Me
Letter to the Editor of the Village Voice
A Day in the Brief Life of the West Side Stadium
Testimony to the City Council, January 11, 2007
WTC Environmental Organization's Poetry (this is a website; poetry is inevitable:)
Wall Street, Wall Street
The Earth in Eight Verses
Homage to the WTC Expert Technical Review Panel
Vive, le Real Estate (Rebuilding doggerel)
Pre 9/11/Peak Oil Writing
A Low-Grade Charge That Never Goes Off (novel excerpt)
Writer Wannabe Seeks Brush with Death
Remembrance of Things Passed and Failed (Teaching Fellowship at Juilliard) Memories of a Kawaggi in Saudi Arabia
To Everything There is a Season
The Last Class (Nadia Boulanger)
The Meaning of Chimney
The Joys of Camping
Have You Got What it Takes To Be Hip?
The Don as Teacher: William Hickey's Other Role
Roy Cohn, Rosamund Bernier, The Princess of the Jury and Other Profiles
The Girls of St. Xavier (not its real name)
Um, Parlez-Vous Engelska?
Ode Upon Getting to the Bus Stop in Time to Watch Two Busses Go Lumbering Off Together Into the Sunset
70% Ground Zero Workers Sick
Mt. Sinai Study
Banauch Firefighter Study
Save Lives with 150$ Lung Exam
Heroes' Lawsuit Allowed to Proceed
Information EPA withheld from the public after 9/11
Sierra Club Report or Executive Summary
Gulf Vet Ills from Depleted Uranium
Other Activist and Neighborhood Organizations working on WTC Health and Safety Issues
Elected and Appointed Officials
Cast of Characters
Articles on Contaminants etc: Greenfacts
Gold Standard for Cleanup
Comments by the WTC Expert Technical Review Panel on EPA's Proposed Sampling Plan
Intel Prize project inspired by 9/11 exposure
Lawsuit (in which I'm one of the original plaintiffs)