Tower Follow Up: Senator Schumer and Safety Group Calls for Change
April 1, 2009
There has been much industry response to the investigative report
published yesterday (CLICK
HERE for that story) from USGlass magazine regarding
the glass for One World Trade Center being manufactured in China
after U.S. companies provided much of the development work. The
local New York Affiliate, ABC-7, highlighted the story last night
based on the USGlass article (CLICK
HERE to view video). In that report New York Senator Charles
Schumer called for a rescinding of the glass contract.
Also in response to that article, the Skyscraper Safety Campaign
(SSC) held a press conference this morning in New York City regarding
"It is a well-known fact that numerous Chinese products have
inconsistent and questionable quality standards
Glenn Corbett of John Jay College in New York City, chief technical
advisor to the Skyscraper Safety Campaign.
"In addition to grave safety concerns, the use of Chinese
glass in the Freedom Tower is a slap in the face to every hardworking
American worker who has lost his or her job in this time of economic
crisis," he added. "President Obama has called for jobs
to remain in this country so that U.S. citizens can remain gainfully
Corbett also is concerned about the fact that the Freedom Tower
is an extremely sensitive building in terms of security.
"The type and quality of glass is one of the most important
considerations when designing a terrorism-resistant building,"
he said. "Glass shards have killed and maimed many people in
previous terrorist blasts around the world. It is critical that
the design and fabrication of the Freedom Tower glazing meet the
highest possible quality standards. Does all of the glass for the
Freedom Tower meet the standards of organizations such as the American
Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) and the Department of Defense?"
He also asked why China was selected for such a critical job at
the expense of time-tested, high-quality American manufacturing
The SSC called for the following immediate actions in the press
- For the New York and New Jersey Congressional delegation to
initiate a federal probe into the legality of the glass contract
with China and to explore the relationship between the contract
and the signing of the Freedom Tower lease with Beijing Vantone
- For the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (PANYNJ) to
explain why no American glass company received this contract,
and to answer the question why American union workers have been
- For the PANYNJ to immediately void the Chinese glass contract
and use U.S. products instead.
- For the PANYNJ to show the public exactly which standards were
used to design the glass.
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