The EPA announced a new plan to test for toxic dust in lower Manhattan. The only thing is that pretty much everyone hates the $7 million plan, which is similar to a plan rejected last year as being inadequate. The NY Times reminds us that the City Council even "passed a resolution condemning that program, calling it 'technically and scientifically flawed.'"

Representative Jerrold Nadler pointed out that more random testing outside of Lower Manhattan might need to be done. He said yesterday, "There might be reason to clean buildings three blocks in one direction and 3 miles in another. It is immoral for the federal government to be complicit in the poisoning of thousands of people." Yeah, like what about the dust that traveled to Brooklyn or New Jersey on September 11?

The plan would start next month and residents; owners of buildings would be able to sign up for the program within 60 days to have their homes and spaces cleaned for free if toxins are found. More information at EPA Response to 911.

In other toxic news, the city has decided not to build a $235 million education complex on a Bronx lot that is, as the Post puts it, "soaked with toxins." Yeah, that's probably a good idea.