EPA Releases First Round of Data from its Lower Manhattan Test and Clean Program
November 27, 2007
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released the first round of results from its Lower Manhattan Test and Clean Program. The Program, which covers the area south of Canal Street and west of Allen and Pike Streets, allows residents and building owners to have the air and dust in their units tested for contaminants associated with dust from the collapse of the World Trade Center buildings.
Under the Test and Clean Program, EPA is testing for four contaminants of potential concern -- asbestos, man-made vitreous fibers, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons and lead. To date, EPA has analyzed 5600 samples, collected from 53 residential units and common areas, in nine buildings. The results found that:
- Three samples for asbestos in dust exceeded EPA's benchmark for asbestos
- 71 dust samples exceeded EPA's benchmark for lead
Residents and buildings owners have been notified of these results, and the EPA is offering to clean all spaces in which levels exceeded the agency's benchmarks. Enrollment in the voluntary program ended earlier this year.
In addition, the New York City Department of Health & Mental Hygiene will be contacting residents and building owners about ways to prevent lead poisoning. Affected residents and building owners will also receive an informational brochure on how to handle lead paint hazards .
EPA continues to test residential and commercial spaces in lower Manhattan, and will update its website as new findings become available.