Congress passed a law to help the first responders who spent days, weeks and months going through the rubble and helping the wounded and sick after the 9/11 attack. Unfortunately, the law didn’t go far enough. In my opinion, Congress should’ve written a blank check to these brave men and women who showed nothing but compassion for their fellow man.
On the 11th anniversary of the September 11th attacks, the federal government is expected to recognize a link between exposure to toxic dusts caused by the World Trade Center debris, and incidences of cancer in rescue workers and area residents.
The New York Post reports the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health will announce Tuesday the inclusion of 50 different types of cancer to be covered under the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act. The Act– named after NYPD Detective James Zadroga, who died at the age of 34 from a respiratory disease attributed to his work at Ground Zero — was signed by President Obama in 2010 to cover nearly 40,000 first responders’ illnesses.
Previously, health officials cited a lack of scientific evidence to support a link between cancer and the toxic dust unleashed by the collapse of the twin towers, and have since struggled to define what illnesses should be covered under the Zadroga Act.