This is a request for an investigation by the FBI into the falsification of pH corrosivity data for World Trade Center (WTC) dust by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), and EPA-funded research groups. By reference I am incorporating the allegations and evidence contained in my attached 5/6/07 complaint to the Senate Subcommittee on Superfund and Environmental Health.
The corrosivity of WTC dust (irreversible chemical burns to the respiratory system) is attributed to be one of the causative agents in current respiratory disabilities and/or deaths of first responders, recovery workers, laborers, residents, and office workers. Corrosive dust would also have facilitated the entry into the body via the respiratory system of other toxic substances found in WTC emissions.
Through a 4/9/07 letter, the EPA Office of the Inspector General (OIG) declined to investigate my complaints dated 8/22/06 and 10/25/06 which alleged several (but not all) of the instances of fraud in the pH test data of WTC dust. The rationale provided by the OIG was as follows:
“The Government Accountability Office, acting on a Congressional request, has an ongoing evaluation to follow-up on EPA’s actions in response to the OIG’s World Trade Center report recommendations. Therefore, the OIG will not take action at this time.”
This is not a valid reason to decline an investigation, since the OIG report of 8/21/03 neither addressed nor mentioned any of the evidence contained in my 8/22/06 and 10/25/06 complaints about pH fraud. However, there are genuine problems with an OIG investigation, because the evidence was available to the OIG for consideration and inclusion in its 8/21/03 report. The OIG did not address these matters, either because of lack of resources, inadequate technical skills, or deliberate intent.