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Enviro-Mich message from "Anne M. Woiwode" <anne.woiwode@sierraclub.org>
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Subject: Republican Focus on 9/11 Ignores Failures in the Aftermath

For Immediate Release:
August 30, 2004

Contact: David Willett, 202-491-6919 (cell)

Republican Focus on 9/11 Ignores Failures in the Aftermath
Sierra Club releases two print ads profiling workers and residents with
chronic health problems

New York, NY: While friends of the Bush administration invoke the heroes
of
September 11, 2001 tonight, it is likely they will not discuss how
President Bush mishandled the cleanup and misled the public about the
safety of Ground Zero.  Rescue and cleanup workers, area employees,
volunteers, and residents were told the Ground Zero area was safe when
administration experts knew the pollution was harmful.  And now the Bush
administration is turning the failures in the aftermath of 9/11 into
official policy for handling future emergencies or attacks.

"While the Bush administration invokes the heroes of 9/11 tonight, they
continually fail to mention how they literally left many of those heroes
in
the dust -- to deal with toxic pollution and chronic health problems.
And
now the Bush administration wants to turn those mistakes into policy,
putting future heroes at risk," said Carl Pope, Executive Director of
Sierra Club.

During the Republican convention, residents and workers of the Ground
Zero
area will participate in a daily vigil (on Broadway between Liberty and
Cedar) to hold President Bush accountable for failing to protect public
health in the aftermath of 9/11.  The goals of the sunrise-to-sunset
(6:30
a.m.-7:30 p.m.) events are to call upon President Bush to meet the needs
of
the people exposed to Ground Zero pollution, and to educate the nation
about the need for better public health protection in national
emergencies.

The Sierra Club is also running two print ads in the New York Times this
week telling the stories of a rescue worker and a Ground Zero area
resident
who are suffering from the failures in the aftermath of 9/11.  The ads
can
be viewed at  http://www.sierraclub.org/pressroom/media/

On August 18, the Sierra Club released a hard-hitting report titled,
"Air
Pollution and Deception at Ground Zero: How the Bush Administration's
Reckless Disregard of 9/11 Toxic Hazards Poses Long-term Threats for New
York City and the Nation." Spokespeople are available to talk about the
local and national impacts of the report's findings.  The report can be
found at http://www.sierraclub.org/groundzero

Spokespeople include Sierra Club President Larry Fahn, who is attending
the
convention, and New York City Executive Suzanne Mattei, who wrote the
report and is an organizer of the vigil.

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