Federal government may finally recognize 9/11 cancer link, say attorneys of survivors


NJ.com
September 9, 2012

photoGround Zero in 2012: reflective pools now replace the site where the World Trade Center Towers once stood. Tuesday marks the 11th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

As the 11th anniversary of Sept. 11 approaches, the federal government is ready to finally recognize that rescue and recovery workers as well as residents near Ground Zero got cancer from the toxic rubble of the collapsed Twin Towers, the New York Posts reports.

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health is responsible for deciding whether cancer should be among the illnesses compensated by the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act, and is expected to announce the findings as early as tomorrow.

The report cited two attorneys — Michael Barasch and Noah Kushlefsky — who represent thousands of first responders and residents. The attorneys said legislative aides involved in drafting the new regulations and Victim Compensation Fund staffers told them that about 50 cancers would be included.

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