What To Do With An Auto Graveyard

Six months after they were crushed, burned or covered with debris, New York City is ready to dispose of more than 1,000 vehicles recovered from the World Trade Center attacks. The city had planned to hand the cars and trucks over to insurance companies or owners as early as Monday. But at the last moment, the federal government stepped in and called a halt to the transfer.For weeks, local, state and federal officials have squabbled over whether the vehicles—most of which are coated with fine powder of World Trade Center debris—are safe. “We know the dust contains lead, zinc, mercury, asbestos, not to mention organic materials,” says New York Congressman Jerrold Nadler. “To release cars to owners is highly irresponsible.” On Thursday, Nadler wrote a letter to the Environmental Protection Agency’s Christie Todd Whitman urging her to file an emergency injunction against the city to prevent their release. On Friday, the EPA asked the city to meet with its officials before releasing the…

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