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    Newsday...

    Deutsche Bank Site to Become Part of Ground Zero

    The Associated Press

    A revised World Trade Center plan will expand ground zero to the south by replacing a damaged building that is tied up in litigation with a new 1.6-million-square-foot office tower, top rebuilding officials said.

    "We're going forward with the assumption that we're going to acquire the Deutsche Bank site," said Joseph Seymour, executive director of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. "It's really just a matter of execution," said Kevin Rampe, president of the Lower Manhattan Development Corp.

    Officials have long considered including the property in the rebuilding of ground zero, but have not spoken so specifically before. Seymour and Rampe, who head the two agencies directing the redevelopment, made their comments in separate interviews with The Associated Press this week.

    The 40-story Deutsche Bank building, across Liberty Street from the 16-acre trade center site, was damaged in the 2001 terrorist attack and has been shrouded in black netting since then.

    Expanding the boundaries of the redevelopment site allows officials to replace all 10 million square feet of office space lost in the attack without crowding so many buildings onto 16 acres that must also accommodate a memorial, a train station and cultural facilities.

    Two of the Deutsche Bank building's four insurers have balked at paying for the building's demolition, arguing that it can be repaired instead. Deutsche Bank has filed suit to force the two insurers, Allianz of Germany and AXA of France, to pay for demolition.

    Seymour and Rampe said they are confident the site can be acquired _ possibly by one of their agencies or the Empire State Development Corp., the Lower Manhattan Development Corp.'s parent agency _ regardless of the litigation.

    Seymour said the Deutsche Bank building will probably not be razed until 2005 and the office tower that replaces it will be the last to go up at ground zero. The entire rebuilding process could take 10 years or more, depending on demand for office space.

    In addition to an office tower, officials hope to locate security screening for trucks in the area south of Liberty Street.

    The Port Authority and the development corporation plan to release the revised site plan in mid- to late September, one of several key steps in the rebuilding process.

    A temporary PATH train station will open in November, easing the commute for thousands of New Jersey residents who work in lower Manhattan.

    The rebuilding process was in disarray at this time last year as the first anniversary of the attack approached. Six initial schemes for a rebuilt trade center had been rejected by critics and the public, forcing officials to put out a call for fresh ideas.

    The past year also has seen some battles _ notably between architect Daniel Libeskind, whose overall redevelopment plan was chosen in February, and developer Larry Silverstein, who holds the lease on the property.

    But rebuilding officials say consensus is much stronger now. "I think things are settled down and everybody's working together," Seymour said.

    Civic groups watching the rebuilding process have also been pleased by recent moves. They applauded the decision to put the last office tower on the Deutsche Bank property and not, as Silverstein had wanted, on top of the train station.

    "These are all very positive signs that there's a continuing commitment by the public authorities to the integrity of the master plan," said Robert Yaro, chairman of the Civic Alliance to Rebuild Downtown New York.

    Gerald McKelvey, a spokesman for Silverstein, said that "considering the complexity of this operation and the number of parties who are involved in it, it appears to be going quite well."

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    Civic groups watching the rebuilding process have also been pleased by recent moves. They applauded the decision to put the last office tower on the Deutsche Bank property and not, as Silverstein had wanted, on top of the train station.
    And still no one, not one person inside or outside the process, has even floated the idea of higher office towers. I can understand this from the typical NIMBYs like the Civic Alliance, but to not hear it from SOM/Childs or the PA *as even an option is absurd. Larry must've really convinced them that no one will rent it.

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    Australian Financial Review

    Deutsche 'close to accord' on 9/11 site

    2004/02/02
    Bloomberg

    Deutsche Bank has reached a tentative agreement with New York state, clearing the way for the demolition of the bank's damaged tower next to the World Trade Centre site, sources close to the negotiations said.

    The accord, subject to the completion of environmental tests on the building at 130 Liberty Street, would remove an obstacle that threatened architect Daniel Libeskind's plan for Ground Zero and expand the space available for development at the site to avoid overcrowding.

    "The Deutsche Bank settlement is key," said Mark Ginsburg, chairman of the New York chapter of the American Institute of Architects. "The plan falls like a house of cards if you don't have this worked out."

    Deutsche Bank filed a lawsuit in August against Allianz and Axa, alleging they had reneged on their 50per cent share of the building's $1.72 billion policy.

    The building was covered by a black shroud after the September 11 attacks and damaged by contaminants from the collapse. A toxic mould also developed during the months the building was open to the elements. The insurers said the building could be salvaged and would cost less than the amount Deutsche Bank sought.

    Under a framework developed by former US senator George Mitchell - a mediator appointed by New York Governor George Pataki - negotiators from the bank, insurers Allianz and Axa and the Lower Manhattan Development Corp, a public agency yet to be determined would buy the building and pay a certain amount towards its demolition. The insurers would pay any costs above the agency's cost.

    The agreement depends on the completion of environmental tests on the building, which received a 15-storey gash when the south twin tower collapsed. It is understood the insurers need to see those results before the settlement can be made.

    Mr Mitchell yesterday extended the deadline for a settlement until February 27.

    "The parties continue to make good progress but because of the complexity of some of the issues, more time is needed," Mr Mitchell said in a statement.

    Under the tentative agreement, the agency that pays for the demolition would also buy the land, which would eventually become the property of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which owns the site.

    The accord comes amid efforts by Mr Pataki to keep development at Ground Zero to a timetable he set last year. The governor imposed a December 15 deadline for the architects to agree on a design for the 541-metre Freedom Tower, and directed the appointment of an independent jury that selected the design for the memorial earlier this month.

    Construction of the Freedom Tower and the memorial, as well as other infrastructure, is to begin this year under Mr Pataki's timetable.

    Mr Libeskind's plan for the site includes a transit hub, other office towers and retail space.

    The architect has called for service truck ramps and a security checkpoint to go under the Deutsche Bank property, avoiding the Twin Towers' footprints, an area considered sacred by many victims' families.

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    February 27, 2004

    Deutsche Bank, Remnant of 9/11, Faces Demolition

    By CHARLES V. BAGLI


    The Deutsche Bank Building lies just south of Ground Zero.

    Deutsche Bank reached agreement yesterday with the state, insurers and downtown rebuilding officials on the fate of a 40-story skyscraper near the World Trade Center site that still stands despite being badly damaged in the Sept. 11 attacks.

    The tower at 130 Liberty Street, which is draped in a black shroud to hide a deep 24-story-long gash in its northern facade, would be demolished, according to several executive and government officials who had been briefed on the negotiations. The grim remnant of the attack on the trade center would become the site of a new park, and possibly, an office building and an underground garage for the hundreds of buses that are expected to bring tourists to a trade center memorial.

    "This constant reminder of that dark day will be gone," said Madelyn G. Wils, president of Community Board 1 and a director of the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation. "Everyone will feel relieved that this building will be coming down. It'll give us room for a park, a church and maybe an office building."

    Rohini Pragasam, a spokeswoman for Deutsche Bank, declined comment. George E. Mitchell, a former United States senator, played a central role in resolving what had been a long dispute between Deutsche Bank and two of its insurers over the building. The building also became a sore point with downtown residents and employers anxious to have it wiped from the scene, the executives and officials said.

    Gov. George E. Pataki appointed Mr. Mitchell, a Democrat, four months ago to mediate the discussions. But by mid-December, the two sides were at an impasse.

    Mr. Mitchell then put his own proposal on the table and set a deadline for an agreement. The proposal involved government purchase of the property so that it could be incorporated into the trade center site. But rebuilding officials needed an assessment of their potential environmental risks. After several extensions, Mr. Mitchell ultimately set his deadline for today, which was met with hours to spare. "The governor had a lot of confidence that George Mitchell could bring this to a resolution" said Lisa Dewald Stoll, a spokeswoman for Mr. Pataki.

    Built in the early 1970's, the 1.4-million-square-foot tower was known as the Bankers Trust Building until Deutsche Bank merged with Bankers Trust a few years ago. Today, it is considered uninhabitable.

    Under the terms of the agreement signed yesterday afternoon, two insurance companies, Allianz and AXA, would pay Deutsche Bank $140 million toward its insurance claim for the property, according to the executives and officials. The Lower Manhattan Development Corporation would then buy the property from the bank for $90 million and take over a $45 million contract to demolish the structure. The insurers would be responsible for any demolition costs above $45 million.

    Early on in the dispute, Deutsche Bank said it would cost $1.86 billion to demolish the tower and build a new one. Aside from the physical damage, the bank said the building suffered from water damage and mold. But the two insurers countered that the building could be salvaged and repaired for about $170 million.

    Last year, the bank settled with the two other insurers, Zurich American and Chubb, that provided coverage for the property. But it sued Allianz and AXA for their portion of the coverage, about $857 million.

    The Deutsche Bank property will now be added to the 16-acre trade center site, allowing planners to spread a proposed 10 million square feet of commercial space over a bigger footprint.

    Copyright 2004 The New York Times Company

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    Earlier this week in the Battery Park City Broadsheet:

    Ten-Week Project to Remove Paper and Equipment is Underway

    Two and a half years after the Deutsche Bank building on Liberty Street was severely damaged by chunks of the collapsing South Tower, contaminated paper and desktop equipment are being removed from the building. Earlier work entailed extensive repairs to stabilize the structure and a major cleanup supervised by the city’s Department of Health.

    According to Andy Bachman, of Tishman Construction, the paper and equipment removal began in early February, and will take 10 weeks to complete. Approximately 13 loads will be taken out daily between 7:30 AM and 11:00 PM, with most trucks exiting the site via Washington St. Some trucks will leave via Greenwich St.

    “This is being handled like an asbestos abatement project,” Mr. Bachman told members of Community Board 1’s WTC Redevelopment committee on Feb 9. Executives from Deutsche Bank were in the small audience but chose not to speak.

    Mr. Bachman explained that material is bagged on each floor and transferred by elevator to a sealed chamber on the ground floor, where it is put into a second bag that is washed down and wiped. The package is transferred to a truck in an interior loading dock, “so we keep everything confined in the building,” he said. “The final destination is landfill.

    “Air is being monitored at several points around the building,” Mr. Bachman added.

    “Why wasn’t this done before now?” asked Catherine McVay Hughes. Mr. Bachman told her that clean-up programs have been in the hands of insurance companies, the city, and the bank. “We would have liked to have started earlier,” he said.

    Pat Moore, who lives next door at 125 Cedar Street, wanted an explanation of the steam that has shot from the north side of the building since late 2001. Mr. Bachman said this was a vent for the heating system. “We’re running the existing heating system wherever we can to minimize freeze-ups,” he said.

    Following up on this, Robin Forst, deputy chief of staff for Council member Alan Gerson, asked what remediation had been done on the heating system. Mr. Bachman admitted that “the water sat for quite a while.” He said the water in the system had been drained, flushed, tested for bacteria, and treated.

    “All work at the building is supervised by hygienists and safety managers,” Mr. Bachman said.

    There is still no official decision on the dismantling of the building, although the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation is including the site in its development plans. LMDC officials are assuming they will acquire the site either through negotiations or eminent domain. Floor by floor “deconstruction” of the building is expected to begin in 2007.

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    April 16, 2004

    A Survivor Faces a Slow Death, Piece by Piece

    By DAVID W. DUNLAP


    An aerial photograph of the damage left by the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center, with the Deutsche Bank building on the left.

    One Bankers Trust Plaza has been dressed for its own funeral since 2001. Now the time is at hand.

    On Tuesday, the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation board authorized a contract with the Gilbane Building Company to dismantle 1 Bankers Trust Plaza at 130 Liberty Street, also known as the Deutsche Bank building.

    Later this year, if all goes according to plan, the monolithic 40-story office tower immediately south of ground zero - shrouded in black netting and far too like a 536-foot-high tombstone for many New Yorkers' tastes - will be coming down.

    Piece by piece.

    While 130 Liberty Street will not be the tallest building ever dismantled in New York (the 612-foot Singer Building claims that distinction), it may be the most polluted.

    "A combination of contaminants known to be hazardous to human health, unparalleled in any other building designed for office use, permeates the entire structure," said a damage report prepared last year for Deutsche Bank, the owner. These include asbestos, lead, mercury, dioxins, polychlorinated biphenyls, polynuclear aromatic hydrocarbons and World Trade Center dust.

    For many reasons - the presence of contaminants, the nearness of other buildings and utility lines, and the trauma that would surely result from the sight of another dust plume downtown - there is no talk of imploding 130 Liberty Street.

    Instead, the 1.4 million-square-foot structure, unused since Sept. 11, 2001, is to be cocooned and taken down painstakingly. One engineer likened the process to a videotape of construction, run in reverse.

    Interiors and machinery will be removed. The aluminum and glass facade will be stripped off. The steel and concrete skeleton will be bared. Beams and columns will be cut by workers with torches to be lowered by crane to the ground. And then the floor slabs will be broken apart until nothing remains.

    Some of what will be dismantled is almost new. Late last year, to stabilize the structure against heavy winds, Deutsche Bank filled in an enormous gash between the eighth and 24th floors in the north facade that had been created by falling debris from 2 World Trade Center.

    Another team will now take apart this remedial work. And much more.

    Among the challenges faced by the wrecking crews will be enclosing the structure and removing potentially toxic materials. They will also have to grapple with the fact that 130 Liberty Street, like the trade center, sits in a concrete bathtub in landfill. As the load of the structure is lessened during demolition, some counterweight or fill will be needed to relieve the pressure from the surrounding water table.

    But the basic dismantling process will be familiar to anyone who recalls the razing of the Singer Building at Liberty Street and Broadway 36 years ago or the New York Coliseum four years ago.

    Like the Singer Building and the Coliseum, 130 Liberty Street does not have to be demolished; at least, not in the eyes of some engineers familiar with the structure and not in the eyes of two of Deutsche Bank's insurers, the Allianz Global Risks U.S. Insurance Company and the AXA Corporate Solutions Insurance Company.

    "It was remarkable the way it survived," said Guy J. P. Nordenson of the structural engineering firm Guy Nordenson & Associates. "It's a shame that it isn't recognized and acknowledged and the thing actually rehabilitated."

    Deutsche Bank, however, regards the property as a total loss. In a lawsuit against Allianz and AXA, it said the structure was embedded with "a unique cocktail of highly hazardous substances" that would defy attempts at cleaning and imperil future occupants.

    Planning, psychology and politics also dictate demolition. State officials call the building a blight and a grisly memento, an impediment to progress. They envision a 1.6 million-square-foot replacement under the master plan by Studio Daniel Libeskind, fronting a half-acre of new landscaped open space called Liberty Park.

    "Looming over us, over the entire site, is a painful reminder of what happened Sept. 11," Gov. George E. Pataki said on Feb. 27 as he announced a settlement brokered by former Senator George J. Mitchell between Deutsche Bank and the insurers. "It was extremely important, both for the long-term vision of the Libeskind plan, and for today, to get rid of that painful reminder; that the Deutsche Bank building come down."

    This, after only three decades of existence.

    One Bankers Trust Plaza was developed by Fisher Brothers, engineered by the Office of James Ruderman and designed by Peterson & Brickbauer, in association with Shreve, Lamb & Harmon, the firm responsible for the Empire State Building. It was built from 1973 to 1974, just after the trade center, to which it was joined by a pedestrian bridge. It remained an operations center after Deutsche Bank acquired the Bankers Trust Corporation in 1999 and had what the bank called a sophisticated trading floor.

    On Sept. 11, 2001, the building was buffeted mercilessly. An entire section of 2 World Trade Center fell into the building, opening a 15-story gash, severing one of the column lines and almost instantly destroying 158,000 square feet of floor space.

    Two bank employees, Sebastian Gorki and Francisco Bourdier, were killed. Mr. Gorki was at the trade center. Mr. Bourdier was last seen at 130 Liberty Street.

    A 20,000-gallon diesel fuel tank in the basement ruptured and burned. Falling debris crushed the plaza and fountain at 130 Liberty Street, which had been the setting of Ophelia's drowning in a version of "Hamlet" released a year earlier by Miramax Films.

    Subjected to earthquakelike shaking and tornado-force winds, 130 Liberty Street lost 1,700 windows. In poured clouds of dust, penetrating the structure through ventilating ducts, elevator shafts, stairwells and wall cavities. Damage continued for months, as mold grew throughout the building. In 2003, working with the structural engineering firm Cantor Seinuk, the Tishman Construction Corporation and Helmark Steel, the bank filled in the gash with new columns, beams and floor decks.

    "The building was not in danger of collapsing," said Rohini Pragasam, a spokeswoman for the bank. "However there was a concern how the damaged structure would perform in high-wind conditions. Regardless of the building's future, it needed to be stabilized."

    The bank is now disposing of computers, other electronic equipment and furniture, Ms. Pragasam said, and expects to complete this work by the end of June. Materials are placed in sealed containers, decontaminated and removed. Ms. Pragasam said the air quality around the building was being monitored around the clock.

    Cleaning and contaminant removal at 130 Liberty Street is expected to begin as early as summer, said a spokeswoman for the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation. Demolition - or deconstruction, as state officials call it, to distinguish it from implosion - is to begin as early as the fall and be completed in mid-2005.

    "Taking down the building is an important symbol of Lower Manhattan's rebirth," said Kevin M. Rampe, president of the development corporation. It expects to pay up to $164 million to acquire and clear the site, using a grant from the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development.

    Of that, $90 million is being paid to Deutsche Bank, which is also to get $140 million from Allianz and AXA, and up to $45 million to the Gilbane Building Company of Providence, R.I. The corporation expects to spend up to $29 million for pollution liability insurance, community outreach, a contingency for litigation, a demolition manager and additional environmental review, testing and monitoring. Controlled Demolition Inc., which was responsible for tearing down the remains of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, is working with Gilbane. The Louis Berger Group is an environmental consultant.

    Among those watching warily are residents of 125 Cedar Street, a block away, who have asked the development corporation to provide assurances that buildings as large as 130 Liberty Street have been torn down safely with neighbors in place and to inform the public what would happen if dust or contaminants exceeded safe levels. The corporation responded in the environmental statement that the cleaning and deconstruction of 130 Liberty Street would be "subject to all applicable laws and regulations" and that the corporation "would keep the community, including area residents and businesses, informed."

    Acknowledging the testing performed for Deutsche Bank, the corporation said in the environmental statement that it had been "advised that such testing was not sufficient to determine whether any of such contaminants were present at levels that would render them hazardous."

    Steps to isolate contaminants would include the use of air pumps to create negative air pressure within the enclosed areas; installing barriers at windows, doors, elevator shafts and stairways; and cleaning surfaces with high-efficiency particulate air-filter vacuums.

    Taking down a 40-story building is unusual but not unique, said Ron Klemencic, chairman of the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat. Several of that size have been razed in Hong Kong in recent years, he said, and replaced with larger towers.

    Perhaps the most monumental demolition in New York was that of Pennsylvania Station in the early 60's, but the pinnacle was reached in 1968 at the Singer Building, which was the world's tallest 60 years earlier. It was replaced by 1 Liberty Plaza, where the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation now has its office.

    Because it was dismantled, the Singer Building did not so much disappear as simply pass from the scene. And that may not be a bad precedent. "The sense of this departure is that of a steamship slowly slipping away down the river," said Fredric M. Bell, executive director of the New York chapter of the American Institute of Architects. "Something eroding rather than being instantaneously removed is probably what's needed."


    The Singer Building, at one time the world's tallest, was dismantled in 1968. It did not so much disappear as simply pass from the scene.

    Copyright 2004 The New York Times Company

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    What a waste of of money to tear it down. This building easily could have been renovated with a new curtain wall and new look. The core BTW was very efficient.

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    Consider similar damage on the other side of the site:

    1. Post Office. The building was not breached as badly as Deutsche Bank and was sealed up from further contamination earlier, but it is still undergoing decontamination.

    2. Verizon. Costs expected to top $1.4 billion. Last year a corporate official stated in an interview that renovation began because of a "must do" attitude immediately after 09/11, but he wasn't sure if the same decision to restore the building would have been a year later, given the costs.

    A restored Deutsche Bank would still have the stigma of contamination, which would make it less marketable to a major tenant.

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    April 16, 2004

    Font That Wept for Ophelia, Lost in the Tears of Sept. 11

    DAVID W. DUNLAP


    The fountain at 130 Liberty Street was used in the 2000 movie "Hamlet," which starred Ethan Hawke and Julia Stiles.

    "It's an odd question: where would Ophelia drown in New York City?"

    Andrew Fierberg, a producer of "Hamlet," which starred Ethan Hawke and was set in modern Manhattan, recalled a location search six years ago that took his film crew to 130 Liberty Street. There, tucked under an elevated plaza but open to the sky, was a semicircular basin fed by a saucerlike fountain that almost seemed to weep.

    "It was one of those magical pools of light," Mr. Fierberg said. Cruelly stark, ever changing under shadows cast through the broad aperture, it seemed to be the poignantly perfect setting for a troubled Ophelia, played by Julia Stiles, to meet her doom.

    The crew also hoped to film the climactic scenes in the World Trade Center. Negotiations were well along with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, Mr. Fierberg said, but the cost of renting the space and paying for extra lights turned out to be too much.

    The pool and the rest of the plaza were destroyed Sept. 11, 2001. Today, Deutsche Bank is commemorating the pool with a fountain at the east end of Wall Street.

    But Mr. Fierberg cannot forget the original. "It wasn't on the list of sights to see in New York but it was awfully beautiful," he said. "Often, even people who know New York will say, 'Where did she drown?' And I say, 'Well - it doesn't exist anymore.' "

    Copyright 2004 The New York Times Company

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    It's both tragic and ironic that a survivor of 9/11 gets demolished like that. I mourn for the Deutsche Bank Building, but I also look forward to seeing how the 5th tower will fit in there, and who will design it.

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    GROUND ZERO BLDG. ASBESTOS HELL: POL

    July 20, 2004

    U.S. Rep. Jerrold Nadler yesterday said tests show 150,000 times the acceptable level of asbestos in the vacant Deutsche Bank building at Ground Zero — and said the feds should make sure its dismantling doesn't put local residents at risk.

    The Manhattan Democrat referred to documents the bank cited in litigation with its insurers over responsibility for the cleanup, before the Lower Manhattan Development Corp. agreed to buy the 40-story tower for $90 million.

    Nadler said the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, rather than the LMDC, should handle the project.


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    Is this the tall building that is right next to ground zero and has that black "sheet" thing over it?

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    Yes. That's it.

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    When we drove by there I was wondering about it.

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    Study details contaminants in damaged Deutsche Bank building

    By The Associated Press

    September 15, 2004, 7:37 AM EDT

    The former Deutsche Bank building, a 40-story office tower severely damaged in the attack on the World Trade Center, contains asbestos and other contaminants that should be monitored during its planned demolition, according to a consultant's report.

    The study, prepared for the Lower Manhattan Development Corp. by the Louis Berger Group, looked at building materials, mold and samples of settled dust from the building, which was hit with debris, coated with dust and left open to the elements after the 2001 attack.

    The study was issued Tuesday as the LMDC, which bought the building from Deutsche Bank on Aug. 31, prepares to demolish the tower and dispose of its debris.

    The East Orange, N.J.-based engineering and environmental consulting firm found flooring, wall materials, caulk, insulation and sealants composed of more than 1 percent asbestos, which is the level that classifies a material as "asbestos-containing" according to the Environmental Protection Agency.

    The report also found trace amounts of asbestos in the dust that settled on desks, floors, carpets and other surfaces in the building after the attack. Though the dust was less than 1 percent asbestos, the report said smaller amounts can still create elevated levels of asbestos in the air when disturbed.

    The dust also contained detectable levels of dioxins, lead, PAHs, crystalline silica, PCBs and heavy metals, the report said.

    The report recommended that the LMDC maintain health and safety and air monitoring programs, create an emergency plan for the building and conduct additional testing. It said the agency should hire a contractor with an asbestos handling license, continue inspections throughout the razing process and develop documents detailing its plans for the demolition work.

    The LMDC acquired the building after an extended battle between Deutsche Bank and its insurers over whether the tower was damaged beyond repair or could be cleaned and reoccupied. Gov. George Pataki has said the building will be demolished by next year.

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