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Monday, January 08, 2007


9/11 NYC air quality scandal revisited? "No danger to the public"

In the wake of the destruction of the Twin Towers in New York City, officials were quick to assure the public that they were in no danger from the air. Incorrectly, as it turned out.

Today, a situation probably less serious, but a repetition of the "no danger to the public" syndrome nonetheless:

A powerful, mysterious smell of gas wafted through much of Manhattan and parts of New Jersey on Monday, forcing building evacuations and a temporary suspension of commuter train service before dissipating by mid-afternoon.

"It may just be an unpleasant smell, but at this point we do not know any more than that. The one thing we are confident about is, it is not dangerous," [New York Mayor Micheael] Bloomberg told a news conference.
Sorry, when you don't know what something is, you cannot possibly be "confident" that it isn't dangerous.

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