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|Posted: Tue Jan 30, 2007 8:12 pm Post subject: Ground Zero Responders & Others Exposed 9/11 Pollution 1
From Wed Jan 31, 2007 12:00 pm to Wed Jan 31, 2007 1:00 pm (included)
On Morning of Presidential Visit to NYC:
Ground Zero Responders and Others Exposed to 9/11 Pollution Call
on President Bush to Do Right by Them
What: News Conference
Where: Ground Zero near Path Train entrance (Church & Fulton)
When: 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, January 31, 2007
Who: Ceasar Borja, son of police officer Cesar Borja
Jonathan Sferazo, Ironworker and 9/11 responder
Marvin Bethea, paramedic and 9/11 responder
Jean Marie DeBiase, widow of Mark DeBiase, communications worker
Alex Sanchez & Manuel Checo, 9/11 building cleanup workers
Mariama James, Lower Manhattan resident and parent
Catherine McVay Hughes, Lower Manhattan resident and parent
Dave Newman, New York Committee for Occupational Safety & Health
Joel Kupferman, NY Environmental Law & Justice Project
Suzanne Mattei, Sierra Club, Emcee
Why: Later this day, President Bush will speak about the economy at Federal Hall in Manhattan.
Five years after 9/11, the federal government still has no long-term plan to monitor the health of Ground Zero responders and area residents, worker sand schoolchildren and to treat all 9/11-related illnesses. Ceasar Borja, Jonathan Sferazo and Marvin Bethea have publicly called upon the President to meet with them. It is of concern that the President has not done so.
News conference participants will ask President Bush to (1) agree to meet with 9/11 responders and hear their appeals firsthand; (2) include in his budget funding for health monitoring and treatment for all those exposed to 9/11 pollution; and (3) establish a plan to monitor all persons exposed to toxic 9/11 pollution and treat everyone who is sick.
In December, Bush Administration officials were informed that 9/11 treatment programs currently receiving federal funding may have to shut their doors as early as next summer unless they receive new federal support. The Bush Administration also recently announced what community residents feel is a completely inadequate plan for testing and cleaning up contamination remaining in area buildings.