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BREAKING NEWS: Health officials admit anthrax was in car

Friday, September 14, 2007
Time: 1:57 PM

This is a major development that was sparked by
the FOX-61 story on Wednesday, which I posted on this site earlier today.

From the News-Times update:
Health officials also acknowledged for the first time Friday that a car used to transport the goat hides that were the source of the anthrax also had some spores in its trunk.

Here's the report from WTNH.

From the News-Times website, you can also watch the moment when Mike Nalipinski of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency finally admitted what FOX-61 reported on Wednesday...that the car WAS contaminated. Also, watch as he avoid explaining how the car made it's way off the property (days after the people were infected with the anthrax) in the first place.

Unfortunately, ONCE AGAIN the News-Times DROPPED THE BALL and didn't ask the obvious series of questions raised by the FOX-61 report and giving Mayor Boughton and Nalipinski a pass, with the EPA official nonchalantly commenting about cleaning the car out as if he was NEVER asked about how the car (used to transport the drums) made it's way off the property to the dealership in the first place (something FOX-61 question him about on Wednesday).

Here, lets try this again:


  • Based on the FOX-61 report, if the local and state police secured the area, how did someone drive the car, which was used to transport the drums CONTAMINATED WITH ANTHRAX, from the contaminated house on Padanaram Road, to the dealership on Federal Road days after two people became ill from exposure to the spores?

  • What happened to the man at the dealership who developed a "rash" after handling the car? If he tested for anthrax exposure, why wasn't the public informed?

  • Who else came into contact with the car? Was the car on the "for sale" lot and if so, does anyone know if any potential buyers check out the car between the time the car was brought to the dealership and when it was brought back to the house? REMEMBER, we're talking about a 2006 Hyundai so it's quite possible that, if on the sales lot, several people could have came into contact with the vehicle.

  • If the car is STILL contaminated, why did a local tow truck operator, who had NO EXPERIENCE IN DEALING WITH ANTHRAX bring it back to the house? Why didn't local, state, and federal officials THAT NOW HAVE PADANARAM ROAD BLOCKED OFF WHILE THEY CLEAN UP THE SCENE, pick up the car? Has tow truck operator Tony Alves been tested for anthrax exposure? If the car wasn't contaminated, why was it brought back to the house?

  • Why hasn't Mayor Mark Boughton addressed the mishap with the public? According to the FOX-61 report, the car was driven to the dealership DAYS after the people infected with anthrax. If that is the case, we're talking weeks since this incident occurred. If that’s the case, then why hasn’t the police chief, health officials, and mayor addressed the media and why hasn't anyone taken responsibility for their role in the screw-up?

  • Why did it take a television station based in Hartford, and with no establishment in Danbury, to break this story? How could the News-Times overlook such a serious screw-up by local, state, and federal officials (as of today, the News-Times has still not addressed the case or questioned the Mayor who is well aware of the mishap). Instead, the only thing the public has read in regards to the entire anthrax incident is HOW WELL City Hall has informed the public of the situation, which is also somewhat debatable.

  • If it wasn't for FOX-61, would this mishap ever been reported to the public?


Again...

  • WHY WAS THE PUBLIC NOT INFORMED ABOUT THE CAR AT THE DEALERSHIP?!?

  • WHY WASN'T THE CITY'S REVERSE PHONE SERVICE USED TO INFORM THE PUBLIC OF THE SERIOUS SITUATION REAGRDING THE CAR AT THE DEALERSHIP?!?

  • WHY HASN'T MAYOR BOUGHTON MADE A STATEMENT ABOUT THE MISHAP!?! AGAIN, THE CAR WAS DRIVEN TO THE DEALERSHIP DAYS AFTER PEOPLE BECAME SICK FROM ANTHRAX EXPOSURE.

  • AS FOX-61 STATED, WHY WON'T ANYONE EXPLAIN HOW THAT CAR ENDED UP IN THAT DEALERSHIP PARKING LOT?

  • WHY WON'T ANYONE TALK ABOUT THIS SCREW-UP AND TAKE RESPONSIBILITY?



Again, here's the report from Wednesday night's FOX-61 news broadcast. PLEASE take note of Mike Nalipinski running away from the questions posed to him by the reporter about how the car make it's way off the property to a CAR DEALERSHIP.

Hopefully, FOX-61 will do a follow-up to their story as it seems like NO ONE ELSE (including the local media) can ask the tough questions from those who are suppose to make sure the public is safe. Hopefully, they can also verify that the person at the dealership who received a rash in fact did not come into contact with the anthrax that was found in the trunk. Also, hopefully, they can look into whether or not, the person who towed the car back to the home was tested for the disease.




BTW: Is this another example of "People over Politcs?"

Is videotaping the mayor's "greatest hits" part of a chief of staff's job? I guess this is another example of the taxpayer's money being well spent.

What happened Mike, was Ted sick today?

Can't wait to see this "leadership" moment on Boughton's re-election website...

UPDATE 3:35 P.M.: Post was updated to fix grammatical errors and correctly site sources of the information.

UPDATE 2 3:40 P.M.: I just confirmed that the reader who was informed about the car screw-up from a police officer learned about this matter approximately a WEEK AGO. Story is STILL DEVELOPING.

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