Julie Shapiro
DNA info.com
June 4, 2012

photoAn unidentified firefighter standing near Ground Zero on 9/11, surrounded by dust and ash. (Anthony Correla/Getty Images)

LOWER MANHATTAN — Thousands of 9/11 first responders who are suffering from cancer will soon find out if they will receive compensation from the federal government.

As soon as this week, the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health is set to announce which cancers, if any, will be covered under the Zadroga Act’s $2.8 billion Victim Compensation Fund, a spokeswoman said Monday.

The fund does not currently cover cancer, which means that the many firefighters, police officers, construction workers and Downtown residents who have developed cancer over the past 10 years have not received any money from the federal government.

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