Environmental Impact of September 11th
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Environmental Impacts

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There are still risks

  • Water supplies could be attacked in other ways.
    • Destruction of a water treatment facility could stop the flow of water into a distribution system.
    • Destruction of storage systems could interrupt supply or even cause flooding.
    • Security at water supplies has been increased since 9/11 (for example, see http://www.ci.nyc.ny.us/html/dep/html/news/innews.html)
  • Other risks to water supplies are less dramatic, but real.
    • Over 60% of area residents lost power during Hurricane Bob, some for weeks. Public supplies have back-up power.
    • Many utilities rely on automated sensors connected to phone lines or the Internet. These services were interrupted in NY following the 9/11 attacks.

Are there plans to prevent or contain a hazardous spill?