The St. Louis Post-Dispatch showed how asbestos is still very much a part of everyday life for Americans. "Most Americans believe the government banned asbestos years ago. Most Americans are wrong. Three days after the attacks on the World Trade Center ... EPA Administrator Christie Whitman (told) New Yorkers that they faced no danger from asbestos in the enormous dust storm that inundated Lower Manhattan. ... She was being fed information based on Federal agencies continuing to use 20-year-old technology. (The St. Louis Post-Dispatch) followed civilian scientists and physicians through the streets and dwellings of New York as they used the newest methods to collect and analyze asbestos. (The Post-Dispatch) reported that (the) EPA was not testing any apartments or offices. (The newspaper) reported that the asbestos contamination in many of these dwellings were far (above) the government safety level."