NEW YORK - As the 11th anniversary of 9/11 approaches, the government is expected to acknowledge the rescue workers and residents who developed cancer from toxins in the twin-tower collapse, according to a New York Post report.
The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health will reportedly announce that cancer will now be one of the illnesses covered under the Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act, $2.77 billion fund.
The act was named after 34-year-old police detective James Zadroga, who died after working in ground zero.
President Obama passed the act in January of 2011.
About 400 residents and rescue workers have died from cancer since 9/11, but the act did not cover cancer because there wasn’t enough scientific evidence to prove that the illness was linked to ground zero.
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