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May 24, 2009

9/11 Commission Documents Related to EPA Investigation (last updated 26 June 2009)

Filed under: 911 Environmental Impact,Document Collection — kevinfenton @ 9:33 am

This post lists documents related to the 9/11 Commission’s investigation of false statements made by the Environmental Protection Agency about the air quality in New York after the attacks. The documents have been posted at the History Commons site at Scribd. I am reading through them gradually and highlighting interesting information. This post will be updated if and when I find new information about this topic.

(-) 18-pages of minutes of a 9/11 Commission meeting on November 6-7, 2003. The minutes show how the commission’s investigation of the EPA started (page 17 of the -pdf. file.

(-) A letter sent by the 9/11 Commission to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in September 2003 requesting a copy of the EPA inspector general’s report into its 9/11-related actions, in particular the false statements made by EPA officials saying the air at ground zero was OK to breathe.

(-) Three pages of handwritten notes on a 9/11 Commission meeting about the Environmental Protection Agency and false information it may have given about about the air quality at ground zero after the September 11 attacks.

(-) An e-mail from 9/11 commission staffer Barbara Grewe to the commission’s lawyers Daniel Marcus and Steve Dunne about the commission’s investigation of false statements made by the EPA. In the e-mail, Grewe says that, as a part of the commission’s investigation into false statements made by the EPA about air quality in New York after the attacks, the commission should try to interview three people: former deputy White House communications director Scott McClellan, Sam Thernstrom, formerly of the Council for Environmental Quality, and Jim Connaughton, chairman of the Council.

Grewe also mentions White House communications director Karen Hughes as a fourth possible interviewee, but says the commission does not intend to re-interview people already interviewed by the EPA inspector general.

The masterlist for all documents the History Commons has obtained and is analysing can be found here.


  1. […] Investigation of false statements by EPA. […]

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