Lawsuit Against EPA Proceeds
Jenna Orkin just wants her government to tell the truth.
Within days of the World Trade Center collapse, someone ordered Environmental Protection Agency administrators to tell New Yorkers the air was safe. ... No matter that private tests showed the air remained full of lead, asbestos, mercury, benzene. No matter that, according to documents forced out of the EPA by a Freedom of Information request, the agency's own tests agreed that the air in Lower Manhattan--who wanted to bother with Brooklyn?--wasn't fit to breathe.
Orkin joined other plaintiffs in a lawsuit against the EPA, contending that her constitutional right to be protected from harm by government officials was violated when "Christine Todd Whitman, then the EPA administrator, and her staff made false statements and failed to carry out its cleanup duties." An initial ruling by U.S. District Court Judge Deborah Batts might pave the way for the truth to come out.
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