Statement Of September 11th Advocates Regarding The Release Of The NIST Final Draft Of Collapse Of WTC7
"September 11th Advocates" are "the Jersey Girls", the victim's family members whose lobbying efforts are the reason there was even the 9/11 Commission 441 days after the attacks. 70% of the Family Steering Commitee's questions were ignored by the Final Report.
NIST should put the most important conclusion in plain English and announce it to the entire country: UNCONTROLLED FIRES IN HIGH-RISE BUILDINGS CAN LEAD TO THEIR TOTAL COLLAPSE. NIST also needs to be more aggressive with the code writing groups regarding this critical fact, communicating with them through a high-profile meeting that includes the Director of NIST and the leaders of these code groups.
NIST must address this dangerous issue immediately. The future safety of the public and the fire services hangs in the balance. Refusal to make changes based on economics, greed, willingness to retain the status quo, cowardice to accept responsibility, failure of leadership to promote reform and political expediency are a deadly combination to the public at large.
And with the financial market meltdown, farmland in the Mojave and Brooklyn Bridges are going at fire sale prices, too.