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EPA Tests for Contaminants in Manhattan



Commercial building owners or their authorized representative in Lower Manhattan can register for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Test and Clean Program to test their buildings for contaminants associated with dust from the collapse of the World Trade Center. The program will focus on four contaminants - asbestos, and manmade vitreous fibers including fiberglass, lead, and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons - and cover all areas south of Canal and west of Pike and Allen Streets. Priority for testing will be based on a property's proximity to the World Trade Center site.



Commercial building owners or their authorized representative in Lower Manhattan can register for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Test and Clean Program to test their buildings for contaminants associated with dust from the collapse of the World Trade Center. The program will focus on four contaminants - asbestos, and manmade vitreous fibers including fiberglass, lead, and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons - and cover all areas south of Canal and west of Pike and Allen Streets. Priority for testing will be based on a property's proximity to the World Trade Center site.

Because the majority of buildings in Lower Manhattan have been cleaned repeatedly since the collapse of the World Trade Center, EPA scientists believe the potential for exposure to dust is low. If analysis of dust and air samples in indoor spaces finds an elevated level of contaminants, however, the contaminants will be cleaned up.

The registration period runs through March 30, 2006. To register for the program, call the toll-free hotline, (888) 747-7725. Hotline operators will mail a registration package to eligible applicants.

For complete program information and information on how to contact EPA's community involvement coordinator, visit http://www.epa.gov/wtc/testandclean .


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