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Profile: Thomas R. Frieden
Positions that Thomas R. Frieden has held:
- Commissioner of the New York City Department of Health
February 11, 2002
“PCM sample results are compared to the clearance/re-occupancy standard for indoor air following an asbestos abatement project. This standard is 0.01 fibers per cubic centimeter. Samples found to be above this standard are re-examined using TEM (Transmission Electron Microscopy). The TEM analysis identifies the type of particles collected. TEM results are compared to the clearance/reoccupancy standard for indoor air in schools after an asbestos abatement project. This standard is 70 structures of asbestos per square millimeter. The standard was established pursuant to the federal ‘Asbestos Hazard and Emergency Response Act,’ usually known as AHERA.”
[New York City, 2/11/2002]
Thomas R. Frieden was a participant or observer in the following events:
Thomas R. Frieden, MD, Commissioner of the New York City Department of Health, testifies before the US Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works and says: “The data from air quality tests thus far have been, in general, reassuring. None of the testing done to date has shown results that would indicate long term health impacts.” But his assessment is based on a flawed interpretation of the AHERA standard. He incorrectly (see October 3, 2001-March 1, 2004) says in the testimony that “the clearance/reoccupancy standard for indoor air in schools after an asbestos abatement project… is 70 structures of asbestos per square millimeter.” [New York City, 2/11/2002]
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