Former Environmental Protection Agency boss Christie Whitman says she urged Ground Zero workers to wear respirators, but then-Mayor Rudy Giuliani blocked her efforts.
She also said city officials didn't want EPA workers wearing haz-mat suits because they "didn't want this image of a city falling apart."
In an interview scheduled to run the day before Whitman testifies in front of Congress on Monday, she told WNBC-TV she warned the city of the risks almost every day.
And she said she believes illnesses killing first responders can be blamed on the city's lack of action.
The most infamous statement the EPA made after 9/11 and during the clean up was this:
Only seven days after the 9/11 attacks, as fires still raged at the site, she said, "I am glad to reassure the people of New York and Washington, D.C., that the air is safe to breathe."
There was no courage involved on any level, with the exception of those who actually did the labor. Whitman's statement reminds me of the Soviets throwing in people to be sacrificed while Chernobyl was melting down.
She will be testifying on June 24th, if Paris Hilton isn't release from jail or shanks a fellow inmate, we may actually hear about it on the news.