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What's The Truth About Environmental Impact Of Katrina?

Reported by Deborah - September 11, 2005

Greg Jarrett interviewed Henry Cisneros today,9/11/05, about the plans for rebuilding New Orleans and the picture he painted was cautious but essentially rosy. Although Cisneros clearly mentioned the environmental considerations, he and Jarrett gave no indication that environmental toxins would pose a huge problem. However not everyone agrees with this future scenario.

Cisneros told Jarrett that 150,000 homes needed to be bulldozed because of rotted structures and contamination. He added that these contaminated areas could be converted into parks.(contaminated parks?)
Cisneros discussed the financial considerations of the massive project and the optimistic view that the lives of the low income residents would be enhanced. Both agreed that it will be a massive project.

Hugh Kaufman, EPA. told The Independent that New Orleans could be unsafe for a decade and the Bush Administration is trying to play down the environmental impact. Kaufman claims that not enough samples have been taken from the water and the budget for the EPA has been cut.

comment:Didn't the Bush Administration stage the same kind of cover-up about Ground Zero four years ago? Guess they haven't learned anything since that blunder but hopefully this time we're wise enough to demand the truth.

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