Court: Whitman not liable in 9/11 lawsuits

April 22, 2008 7:47:53 AM PDT
A federal appeals court says former EPA chief Christine Todd Whitman cannot be held liable for telling residents near the World Trade Center site that the air was safe to breathe after the terrorist attacks.

The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan made the ruling this morning.

It said Whitman apparently reassured people about the safety around the site based on conflicting information and reassurances by the White House.

A lawsuit said residents, students and workers in lower Manhattan and Brooklyn were exposed to hazardous dust and debris after the twin towers fell. It said Whitman should be forced to pay damages to properly clean homes, schools and businesses.