September 16, 2001
to Building Owners Located South of 14th Street, Manhattan
Maintenance Issues Involved in Reopening Buildings Closed Since 9/11/01
Air Circulation Systems: Building owners are advised that air circulation
systems not operated since Tuesday must have their filters replaced before
the system is restarted. Systems should be run on a recirculated air setting
and not on fresh air, if possible, until the WTC fire is extinguished.
Asbestos or other Hazardous Materials situations: Owners/managers should
have possible contamination problems, indoors or at roofs, reviewed by competent
professionals (i.e., R.A.s, P.E.s, Asbestos Inspectors, etc.) prior to beginning
clean-up of buildings with maintenance personnel. Where no problems are noted,
proceed with clean-up. Where problems (i.e., HazMat) are noted, contact DEP
as indicated below.
All issues regarding air asbestos and/or hazardous material clean-up should
be directed to the Department of Environmental Protection's complaint center
at 1-718 DEP-HELP (337-4357). Help center operators will refer your call to
Asbestos and Hazardous Materials staff from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. every day
including weekends until such time as the Mayor's office declares the emergency
over. Staff will review each case individually on the telephone and verbally
approve clean-up activities--paperwork to follow. Emergency situations which
arise outside of these time frames will be handled by help center staff taking
down the caller's name and contact phone number and notifying personnel on
stand-by who will then contact the caller directly.
Open Water tanks: Building owners are advised that water tanks not operated
since Tuesday must be completely drained from the cellar, flushed, cleaned,
refilled and plumbing systems flushed before having the building reoccupied.
You should contact the water tank cleaner who normally performs this yearly
operation for you to arrange for this cleaning, if possible.
All other water pressure, sewage, noise and air quality complaints should
be directed to 1-718-DEP-HELP.