9/11; first responder; September 11; World Trade Center; World Trade Center Health Program

"... the public in these areas are not being exposed to excessive levels of asbestos or other harmful substances … Given the scope of the tragedy from last week, I am glad to reassure the people of New York and Washington, D.C., that their air is safe to breathe, and their water is safe to drink." Christine Todd Whitman, EPA Administrator, Sept. 2001