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Muddled WTC report
Star-Ledger - Friday, April 22, 2005
To The Editor:
Bob Braun's April 7 column on the National Institute of Standards and Technology report was on target. He reflects the feelings of victims' relatives who don't want to be confused by techno- speak but would rather clearly understand why almost 3,000 innocent souls were killed at the World Trade Center on 9/11.
It is a matter of life and death that NIST's final report be issued in plain English. The lessons learned from deadly mistakes must be stated clearly. Strong recommendations for fixing those mistakes must be made.
Although NIST insists it isn't charged to lay blame, it is the agency's duty to lay out the facts truthfully. Errors made -- whether because of the catastrophic events that day or poor decisions before 9/11 -- shouldn't be hidden in carefully constructed vagueness.
It is of paramount importance that organizations called upon to make changes to building and fire codes, emergency evacuation procedures and design and construction of buildings fully understand what happened that caused the deaths of thousands.
If NIST's final report describes problems and recommendations in clear language, there will be no confusion over what must be done to ensure safety.
Monica Gabrielle and Sally Regenhard, West Haven, Conn.
The writers are co-chairwomen of the Skyscraper Safety Campaign.
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