White House Official Grilled on Alleged Censorship of Post-9/11 Contamination Risks

Source: http://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2007/06/21/18429225.php

White House Official Grilled on Alleged Censorship of Post-9/11 Contamination Risks

by Democracy Now (reposted)

Thursday Jun 21st, 2007 10:44 AM

Thursday, June 21, 2007 : A new congressional study has revealed the Environmental Protection Agency misled Lower Manhattan residents about levels of indoor air contamination after 9/11. The report was released during a Senate hearing Wednesday on the EPA's response after the collapse of the World Trade Center. James Connaughton, the Chair of the White House Council on Environmental Quality, was questioned about whether the Bush administration manipulated public information about the health dangers following the collapse.

Senators Hillary Clinton and Frank Lautenberg both questioned Connaughton about a 2003 EPA Inspector General report which claimed that he personally edited EPA press releases. Prior to his confirmation as the Chair of the White House Council on Environmental Quality, Connaughton worked as a lobbyist for the mining, chemical, utilities and asbestos industry.

Senators Hillary Clinton and Frank Lautenberg, questioning White House Council on Environmental Quality chair James Connaughton .

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