What: World Trade Center Indoor Air
Peer Review Meeting
Where: New York Academy of Medicine, New York,
U.S. EPA World Trade Center Document and Response to Peer Review Comments
World Trade Center Peer
Review Meeting was held on October 21-22, 2002.
September 11, 2001
, the outdoor environment around the World Trade Center (WTC) site and
nearby areas have been extensively monitored by a group of federal, state
and local agencies. Now that
outdoor recovery efforts have come to an end, health and environmental
agencies are focusing on the indoor environment.
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is offering to clean and
test or just test any residence south of Canal, Allen and Pike Streets in
lower Manhattan. EPA is also
conducting a confirmatory “pilot” cleaning program in an uncleaned/unoccupied
building at 110 Liberty to evaluate the effectiveness of various cleaning
methods and is conducting a study of homes North of 59th Street
to determine pollution levels in New York City prior to 9/11.
part of these efforts, a Contaminants of Potential Concern (COPC)
Committee of the World Trade Center Indoor Air Taskforce Working
Group, has developed a document with a list of pollutants that could
be of concern in the indoor environment in lower Manhattan.
This list also includes health-based benchmarks or clearance levels
for these contaminants. This
working group includes members from EPA, New York City Department of
Health, Agency for Toxic Substances Disease Registry, New York State
Department of Health and Occupational Safety and Health Administration.
To insure that the document is based on the best scientific
information and judgments, the U.S. EPA has requested that the non-profit
research organization, Toxicology Excellence for Risk Assessment (TERA),
conduct an independent scientific peer review.
A meeting of the peer review
panel for the document, called “Indoor Air Assessment: Selecting
Contaminants of Potential Concern and Setting Health-Based Benchmarks,”
was held on October 21-22, 2002 in New York City.
At the meeting, independent expert scientists sitting on the peer
review panel discussed and provided their opinions regarding the
scientific basis for the conclusions and recommendations made in this
document. The public was
welcome to observe the meeting and provide technical comments about the
document. However, the
meeting was not intended as a general public meeting on EPA’s cleanup
Questions regarding this peer review can be directed to Ms. Jacqueline Patterson.