NIOSH is expected to announce on September 10th that the dust and airborne toxins contributed to respiratory-
Three Congressional members from New York — Carolyn Maloney, Jerrold Nadler and Peter King —had urged NIOSH to include cancer on the list of diseases to be covered under the VCF based on a study performed by the Fire Department of New York (FDNY) and published in the prestigious medical journal The Lancet which links exposure to toxins at the Ground Zero site to cancer.
“We are finally near the end of our long struggle to include cancer victims under the Zadroga Act,” Mr. Rosasco said. The medical benefits cannot come too soon for many victims, but they are unfortunately too late for others. Our next challenge is to continue the fight in the halls of Congress to extend the Zadroga Act past 2016 for the many first responders who will inevitably be diagnosed with 9/11 related cancers over the next 10-20 years”.
“This decision by NIOSH to cover these cancers is a great victory for the 9/11 community,” Mr. Hansen said. “Now those who worked at the Ground Zero site or lived near there and have eligible cancers can expect to receive just compensation in the future. We urge those who have not filed for VCF compensation yet to start the application process immediately.”