Top 9/11 attorney Michael Barasch sat down with Breitbart News for an exclusive interview discussing the derailment of a train carrying hazardous chemicals, and the “controlled release” of those chemicals in East Palestine, Ohio.
Barasch expressed concern over the EPA insisting that the “air is safe” considering his clients “are dying every single day from 9/11 toxic dust,” and warned residents in the area to “stay away and don’t believe the EPA.”
Barasch spearheaded the efforts to reach hundreds of thousands of uninformed 9/11 victims still owed benefits after having suffered from harmful consequences of toxic exposure to post-9/11 World Trade Center dust, noting that “9/11 didn’t end on 9/11” as many individuals continue to suffer as a result of their exposure to harmful toxins.
Comparing the EPA’s assurances following the 2001 terror attacks with its recent ones, Barasch, a longtime legal advocate for first responders to the 9/11 attacks and others harmed by resulting toxic dust, argued that “21 years ago, the government at least had a reason: they wanted to reopen Wall Street.”
“They should have just been honest with people then and said, ‘Look, if you don’t have to be downtown in your office, stay away until the fires go out,’” he argued. “And that’s what they should have done here.”
#BREAKING: Rail cars continue to burn 16 hours after a train derailed in East Palestine, Ohio. A mandatory evacuation order remains in effect for people within a 1-mile radius of the derailment. Fortunately, no injuries have been reported. @KDKA #SkyEye2 pic.twitter.com/YoIpGyE3t8
— Ian Smith (@ismithKDKA) February 4, 2023
Barasch questioned why officials would be “telling people the air is safe when they don’t really know one way or another,” suggesting that officials should instead “clear out the area — a 20 mile radius — for two to four weeks and consider it a toxic area until independent scientists can verify that it’s really safe.”
“Otherwise we’re going to see in another twenty years exactly what I’m seeing now — with people developing illnesses and dying from post-9/11 toxic air — only on a lower scale,” he added.
The attorney asserted that he does not “believe the EPA.”
“They’ve lost their credibility,” he noted, “it was the Bush EPA that said the air was safe to breathe 21 years ago, [whereas] now its the Biden EPA.”
Asked his advice for those in the vicinity of the toxic chemicals’ reach, Barasch urged residents to “stay away and don’t believe the EPA.”
“They don’t deserve to have credibility — not now, they don’t; not after a disaster like this; not when they keep so many other things secret from us,” he said.
“Why do they treat us like children?” he asked. “Just come out and say, ‘Some really bad stuff spilt and we had to create a fire.’”
Barasch accused the government of “treating us like infants, like we don’t care and we won’t question.”
“Well now we’re questioning,” he said.
“I was very critical of the EPA 21 years ago, but I’m [also] equally complementary of Congress when I said they did the right thing by passing the Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act, created the World Trade Center Health Program and Victim Compensation Fund, limited non-litigious attorney fees to ten percent, and provided free healthcare for illnesses linked to the toxic exposure,” Barasch said.
“That’s what they should do here,” he concluded.
Despite the EPA claiming that the tap water in East Palestine is safe to drink, EPA Administrator Regan refused to drink it. Check it out: