Wednesday, July 27, 2011

The Zadroga Act makes 9/11 victims the victims once more!

Ground Zero first responders are paying with their lives but the federal government makes a financial decision for them and for their families!

Ground Zero, 2001

Christine Todd Whitman, EPA head September 18, 2001: "We are very encouraged that the results from our monitoring of air-quality and drinking-water conditions in both New York and near the Pentagon show that the public in these areas is not being exposed to excessive levels of asbestos or other harmful substances" and that "Given the scope of the tragedy from last week, I am glad to reassure the people of New York … that their air is safe to breathe and the water is safe to drink."

Ground Zero over time

Carcinogens found in and around Ground Zero
  • Chrysotile asbestos
  • Lead, aluminum, antimony, mercury, etc
  • Polychlorinated polycyclic compounds or dioxins

  • Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons

  • Volatile organic compounds

  • Crystalline silica

  • Fibrous glass

  • Particulate matter

  • Tritiated water

Zadroga Act denial of coverage for cancer victims

The federal government (NIOSH) has determined that there is not enough evidence to prove that working in and around Ground Zero after the attack on 9/11 in any way contributed to the illnesses of those suffering from cancer or of those who have died from cancer.

As a result these victims and their families are not entitled to any coverage under the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act.

There is hope that the feds will find the link in a report to be released in 2012.


In my mind the federal government is playing a money game with the lives of the heroes and the families of the heroes who went into harms way while everyone else was running in the opposite direction.

While the amount of money being provided by the Zadroga Act was grossly deficient in the first place, playing a medical shell game with the first responders suffering from cancer is unconscionable.

To quote John Feal of the FealGood Foundation, "I've been to 53 funerals and 51 were for people who died from cancer. If you took every toxin that was in the air that day and on the following days, each one would have a skull and crossbones on it."

Do the right thing for the people who did the right thing!

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1 comment :

  1. I think we all know what is right for DC, is what will kill us. Don't we.