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Government Acknowledges Link Between Cancer and Ground Zero

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Taylor Jackson5 years ago

The Federal Government has acknowledged, for the first time, that there is a link between the toxic conditions at Ground Zero and several types of cancer, Fox News reports.

How Victims Will be Compensated for Cancer

  • The Federal Government established a $2.8 billion fund under the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act. Now that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has ruled that there is a link, victims can apply for the fund.
  • Applicants must go through a certification process to make sure their condition is connected to Ground Zero, but the ruling does mark a progress towards getting first responders help.
  • According to the New York State Department of Health, by 2010 nearly 350 first responders had died from cancer.
  • More than a dozen different types of cancer are covered under the compensation, including skin, breast, colon and stomach cancer.

About the 9/11 Compensation Act

  • Congress set up the fund to give out a fixed amount of $2.775 billion, with $875 million that can be distributed in the first five years.
  • The new ruling might stretch the budget, because the fund is not increasing despite the new information.
  • Shelia Birnbaum, of the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund, released a statement saying that victims with the cancers found in the new ruling can apply for compensation but must prove a “physical presence at one of the crash sites between September 11, 2001 and May 30, 2002.”
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