EPA Releases Final Report on Lower Manhattan Test and Clean Program
November 19, 2008
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has concluded its 2007-2008 Lower Manhattan Test and Clean Program and has issued a report summarizing the results. The Test and Clean Program, which covered the area south of Canal Street and west of Allen and Pike Streets, allowed residents and building owners to have the air and dust in their units tested for contaminants associated with dust from the World Trade Center disaster.
Under the program, the EPA tested for four contaminants of potential concern - asbestos, man-made vitreous fibers, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons and lead. The agency collected samples from 183 residential units and 21 common areas, and offered to clean all spaces in which contaminant levels exceeded the agency’s benchmarks.
Some of the buildings and apartments participating in the 2007-2008 program also took part in the EPA’s 2002-2003 Indoor Air Residential Assistance Program.