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Evaluation of vacuum and wet-wipe methods for removal of World Trade Center dust from indoor environments.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  15540581     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The destruction of the buildings at the World Trade Center (WTC) complex dispersed dust and debris into the surrounding area. Pulverized building material made up most of the fallout and was intermixed with combustion byproducts of the aircraft and building contents. A study was conducted to confirm the effectiveness of several cleaning procedures in removing WTC-related contamination from lower Manhattan residences. The contaminants included asbestos, lead, dioxin/furans, synthetic vitreous fibers (fibrous glass), and crystalline silica. All cleaning procedures included the common elements of vacuuming and wet wiping with soap and water. This cleaning procedure combination is effective in reducing WTC-related contamination to below health-based benchmarks. Post-cleaning environmental test results suggested that airborne asbestos measurements can be used as a surrogate parameter in clearance determinations.
Kai M Tang; Charles G Nace; Mark A Maddaloni; James D Harkay; Donald R Graham; Richard N Koustas; Joseph D Rotola; Dore LaPosta; Kathleen C Callahan
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't; Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of the Air & Waste Management Association (1995)     Volume:  54     ISSN:  1096-2247     ISO Abbreviation:  J Air Waste Manag Assoc     Publication Date:  2004 Oct 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2004-11-15     Completed Date:  2004-12-02     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9503111     Medline TA:  J Air Waste Manag Assoc     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1293-8     Citation Subset:  IM    
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Edison, NJ, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Air Pollution, Indoor / prevention & control*
Asbestos / analysis
New York City
Particle Size
September 11 Terrorist Attacks*
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Dust; 1332-21-4/Asbestos; 7732-18-5/Water

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