Chemical contamination assessment of the Hudson-Raritan Estuary as a result of the attacks on the World Trade Center: Analysis of trace elements

National Status and Trends Program, NOAA N/SCI1, 1305 East West Highway, Silver Spring, MD 20910, USA.
Marine Pollution Bulletin (Impact Factor: 2.99). 12/2010; 60(12):2289-96. DOI: 10.1016/j.marpolbul.2010.07.009
Source: PubMed


The attack on the World Trade Center (WTC) resulted in the destruction of buildings, and the release of tons of dust and debris into the environment. As part of the effort to characterize the environmental impact of the WTC collapse, Mussel Watch Program trace element measurements from the Hudson-Raritan Estuary (HRE) were assessed for the years before (1986-2001) and after (2001-2005) the attack. Trace element measurements in the HRE were significantly higher than Mussel Watch measurements taken elsewhere in the Nation. Post-attack trace element measurements were not significantly different from pre-attack measurements. The impacts of WTC collapse may have been obscured by high ambient levels of trace elements in the HRE.

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