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Profile: Hugh Kaufman

 
  

Positions that Hugh Kaufman has held:

  • EPA ombudsman's chief investigator


 

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Hugh Kaufman actively participated in the following events:

 
  

February 23, 2002      Environmental Impact

       The EPA's National Ombudsman's office convenes a hearing on the environmental issues that resulted from the attacks on the World Trade Center. Hugh Kaufman, the EPA ombudsman's chief investigator, remarks during the hearing that he believes the EPA, as well as state and city officials, have intentionally utilized inferior testing methods in order to avoid finding evidence that environmental conditions threaten public health. “I believe EPA did not do that because they knew it would come up not safe and so they are involved in providing knowingly false information to the public about safety,” Kaufman, says. “Not just EPA, the state and the city, too. We also had testimonies that all the agencies—local, state, and federal—have been consorting together every week to discuss these issues.” [CNN, 2/24/02] Numerous experts testify at the hearing, criticizing the EPA's response to the September 11 attacks, including David Newman, an industrial hygienist with the New York Committee for Occupational Safety and Health (NYCOSH); Dr. Thomas Cahill, of the University of California at Davis; Marjorie J. Clarke, PhD, an adjunct professor at Lehman and Hunter College, City University of New York; Alison Johnson, Chairman of the Chemical Sensitivity Foundation, among others. Government officials and employees were invited to participate—including officials from the EPA, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the US Geological Survey, the governor's office, state agencies, the mayor's office and city agencies—but did not appear. “This is the first time this has happened in this type of hearing,” Hugh Kaufman, tells United Press International. [Newsmax, 2/24/2002 Sources: Transcripts of EPA National Ombudsman Hearing on EPA response to WTC contamination, 2/21/2002]
People and organizations involved: Thomas Cahill, Cate Jenkins, PhD., Marjorie J. Clarke, PhD, Hugh Kaufman, Jerrold Nadler, Environmental Protection Agency, Alison Johnson, US Geological Service (USGS), Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
          

April 22, 2002      Environmental Impact

       On Earth Day, Robert Martin resigns from his position as the EPA national ombudsman in protest of the EPA's decision to curb his autonomy by placing his office under the jurisdiction of the EPA Office of Inspector General (OIG). Martin believes EPA administrator Christie Todd Whitman's decision to relocate jurisdiction of the office was caused by Martin's criticisms (and those of his chief investigator, Hugh Kaufman) of her potential conflicts of interest in respect to a Denver Superfund Site, the Marjol Battery site in Throop, PA, and his criticism of the EPA's response to environmental consequences following the World Trade Center attack in Lower Manhattan. In his letter of resignation, Martin accuses the EPA of concealing data regarding WTC toxic substances from residents, workers, and students in Lower Manhattan. [US Senate, 6/25/2002; Seattle Post-Intelligencer, 4/23/02]
People and organizations involved: Memo from Robert Martin to Christie Whitman, 11/26/2001, Hugh Kaufman, Christine Todd Whitman
          

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