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9/11 Hero’s Still Without Cancer Coverage

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Because a new government report found insufficient links between toxins released at the World Trade Center site and documented cancer cases, first responders in the 9/11 attack, who have developed cancer will not receive health care benefits from the Zadroga health care bill.

Though the debris from the attack did contain known human carcinogens, the study found that first responders did not receive dangerous levels of exposure to those substances. The James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act, passed Congress in December and was signed into law by President Barack Obama in January, has never covered cancer cases, according to the NY 1 news.

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health  has promised to do another another study by the middle of next year, however lawmakers and advocates are outraged over the situation, and want the study performed sooner.

Senator Charles Schumer said in a statement “We believe this report is premature and that the framework established by the Zadroga bill will demonstrate that those who were exposed to the witches’ brew of toxins at Ground Zero have developed serious illnesses, including cancer, and deserve justice,”

NY 1 also wrote that “Police Commissioner Ray Kelly also said the connection between cancer and September 11th toxins is obvious, and the decision to exclude cancer patients is wrong. “They are young, healthy people. They spent an inordinate amount of time exposed to toxic materials on Ground Zero or the landfill in Staten Island,” said Kelly. “They come up with diseases, some of them exotic diseases. It just really is common sense.” disclaimer: This article: 9/11 Hero’s Still Without Cancer Coverage was posted on Wednesday, July 27th, 2011 at 8:22 pm at and is filed under Toxic Substances Lawsuits.

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