Incidents and Events

Aftermath of September 11, 2001


As has been well documented in numerous publications and reports describing the rescue and recovery activities at Ground Zero in NYC, there was an overwhelming response of personnel, equipment and materials that converged on the site. Even though there was not a “chemical spill” in the normal sense of the term at the scene, the people at the scene were exposed to a complex mixture of potentially toxic contaminants in the air and on the ground, such as pulverized concrete, fibrous glass, particulate matter, and asbestos that was released into the atmosphere from the ruins on that day and for weeks after the attack. The impact of those released materials are still being assessed and will be for years to come.[1]

AristaTek has no complete tally of all the PEAC units that were carried by responders that rushed to the site to lend their equipment and support to the rescue and recovery activities, but we are aware of multiple groups that carried the PEAC tool as part of their desire to be ready to lend any and all aid at the scene.

[1] Janet Heinrich, SEPTEMBER 11 - Health Effects in the Aftermath of the World Trade Center Attack, GAO-04-1068T.

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