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Just Like 9/11? Oil Spill Responders Are Getting Sick … But Are Being Told They Don’t Need Any Safety Gear

May 19, 2010

The U.S. government suppressed health information after 9/11. For example, as Newsday noted in 2003:

In the aftermath of the Sept. 11, 2001, attack on the World Trade Center, the White House instructed the Environmental Protection Agency to give the public misleading information, telling New Yorkers it was safe to breathe when reliable information on air quality was not available.

That finding is included in a report released Friday by the Office of the Inspector General of the EPA.

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Aftermath of 9/11: Study Shows Firefighters’ Breathing Problems Never Went Away

Study Finds Rescue Workers from Sept. 11 Had Lung Problems Seven Years Later

By Lauren Cox,
ABC News Medical Unit
April 7, 2010

More than seven years after the terrorist
of Sept. 11, 2001, rescue workers still had trouble breathing after
they inhaled from the cloud of dust that enveloped southern Manhattan, a new
study concludes.

[See video available at source,
, “Study shows no recovery for 9/11 rescue workers who suffered acute lung damage”.…

Judge Rejects 9/11 Health Settlement

Orders Renegotiation of Settlement for People Sickened by Dust from
World Trade Center; Says $657M Insufficient

March 19, 2010

A federal judge on Friday rejected a legal settlement of more than a half-billion
dollars for people sickened by ash and dust from the World Trade Center, saying
the deal to compensate 10,000 police officers, firefighters and other laborers
didn’t contain enough money for the workers.

“In my judgment, this settlement is not enough,” said U.S.…

Hurdles Still Remain for Ground Zero Settlement

By Mireya Navarro
New York Times

Sgt. Dawn Sorrento says she looks on the years since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks as a blur of doctor’s visits, ambushes by illnesses she had never heard of and growing resentment toward the city that challenged her injury claims.

[RELATED: Ground Zero Workers Reach Deal Over Claims (March 12, 2010)]

Yet on Friday, Sergeant Sorrento, a police officer who is among some 10,000 rescue and cleanup workers at ground zero who sued the city for health damages, felt a grim sort of satisfaction.…

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New York Agrees World Trade Center 9/11 Dust Payout

March 12, 2010

New York City officials have agreed to pay up to 657.5m US dollars
(437m sterling) to thousands of rescue and clean-up workers after 9/11.

The settlement would compensate more than 10,000 plaintiffs who say they were
made sick by dust at the Ground Zero site of the attacks.

At least 95% of the plaintiffs must approve the deal for it to take effect.

The money would come from a federally financed insurance fund of almost $1bn
that the city controls.…

As Ground Zero cases go to trial, respirator rule is revealed

February 28, 2010
by Alison Gendar
New York Daily News

A lawyer in two Ground Zero sickness cases green-lighted for trial says he has a smoking gun: buried city documents that prove firefighters should have gotten respirators.

The papers emerged in a veritable mountain of files the city turned over to workers who believe they were sickened by toxins after the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

Lawyer Andrew Carboy, whose firm represents more than 600 firefighters, said the FDNY had rules on the book requiring Bravest be equipped with respirators before Sept.…

Team Obama to double budget for treating 9/11 responders in an amazing same-day U-turn

By Michael Mcauliff
January 28, 2010

WASHINGTON – The White House revealed Thursday night it boosted funding for ailing 9/11 responders – pumping more money into the treatment program than ever before.

Team Obama disclosed the cash only after outraging New York lawmakers with the news that the administration won’t back a permanent plan to help the dying Ground Zero responders.

The White House confirmed it will more than double the budget for treating ill responders to $150 million in 2011.…

Obama Admin. Opposes 9/11 Health Funding

By Michael McAuliff
January 28, 2010

The Obama administration stunned New York’s delegation yesterday, dropping
the bombshell news that it does not support funding the 9/11 health bill.

The state’s two senators and 14 House members met with Health and Human
Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius just hours before President Obama implored
in his speech to the nation for Congress to come together and deliver a government
that delivers on its promises to the American people.…

Plight of the 9/11 Responders

by Jon Gold


9/11 Hero Dies of Cancer on Christmas Day – FDNY says cancer was 9/11-related

December 26, 2009
Daily News

9/11 First Responder Jim Ryan

A Sept. 11 hero died of cancer on Christmas Day. Jim Ryan was on the front lines during 9/11, a firefighter who spent many weeks rummaging through the destruction that encompassed Ground Zero, only to succumb to pancreatic cancer, according to a report.

The fire department confirms that his sickness was 9/11-related. And now his family — his three children, wife and all the people who loved him — mourn the death of a hero.…

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Your Support Needed for First Responders Bill

Bring Bill HR 847: James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act to the floor of Congress for a Vote Now

Sign the petition!

To: Speaker of the House of Representatives, Ms. Nancy Pelosi & All Congressional Representatives

We the undersigned urge Speaker of the House, Ms. Nancy Pelosi, to immediately commit to a firm date for bill HR 847: the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act of 2009 to be on the floor of the House of Representatives, for a vote.…

Thousands of 9/11 workers can now sue over illnesses

September 29, 2009

Firefighters make their way through
Photo credit: AP File | Firefighters make their way through rubble after terrorists crashed two airliners into the World Trade Center. (Sept. 11, 2001)

Thousands of sickened 9/11 recovery workers whose legal claims have been barred because of missed deadlines can now join a massive group suing New York City under a law signed by Gov. David A. Paterson, officials said.

The law immediately allows more than 3,000 Ground Zero workers to revive lawsuits that were thrown out by a federal judge in July on the technical ground that they were not filed within 90 days of the workers’ conditions being diagnosed.…

One year after Sept. 11 responders’ plea for help, White House responds with thank you card

By Michael Mcauliff

Friday, September 11th 2009, 3:15 PM

[See also, at NY Daily News: Lest
we Forget: Victims of 9/11
” On the anniversary of Sept. 11, a look
back at those who were lost.]

Photo NYDaily News: Jennifer McNamara at funeral for her husband
and Sept. 11 responder John McNamara last month.

WASHINGTON – A group of Sept. 11 responders finally got an answer from the White House to their plea for help: a thank you card.…

Eight Years After 9/11, Ground Zero Volunteer Dying of Lung Disease is One of Many Still Fighting for Justice

September 11/2009

Today marks the eighth anniversary of 9/11, with vigils being held to remember
the nearly 3,000 people killed in the attacks. We look at a group of victims
that are often forgotten in the September 11 narrative: the thousands of rescue
workers who became sick after being exposed to contaminants at Ground Zero.
Hundreds have died. We speak to Joe Picurro, a New Jersey ironworker who worked
as a volunteer on the pile for twenty-eight days.…

9/11/09 Money Bomb for 9/11 First Responders

by Luke Rudkowski

Heroes sacrifice it all for the greater good of everyone around them that is at risk, regardless of what they believe is going to happen to them. On September 11th 2001, rescue workers from the New York Fire Department, Police Department and National Guard, amongst many others, put it all on the line. Many were lost.

Many we’re losing now.

“Any nation that does not honor its heroes will not long endure.” –Abraham Lincoln.

House Passes $70 Million for 9/11 Health Care

For Immediate Release: July 24, 2009

Contacts: Joe Soldevere (Maloney), 212-860-0606
Ilan Kayatsky (Nadler), 212-367-7350
Lauren Amendolara (McMahon), 202-225-8420

House Passes $70 Million for 9/11 Health Care

Washington, D.C. — Representatives Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), Jerrold Nadler
(D-NY), and Michael McMahon (D-NY) today applauded the House passage of $70,723,000
in funding for the World Trade Center Health Programs for Fiscal Year 2010.
The funding was included in the FY2010 Labor and Health and Human Services Appropriations
Bill, which passed the House today.…

HR 847 Comprehensive 9/11 Health Legislation to Be Introduced in Senate


First Time Comprehensive 9/11 Health Legislation Will Be Introduced
In Senate

Mayor Bloomberg and Representatives Maloney, Nadler, King, and McMahon to Join
Gillibrand to Help Provide Treatment for Community Members, First Responders
Suffering From 9/11-Related Health Effects

Joseph Zadroga, Fire Lt. Marty Fullam, Others Affected by Rescue and Clean-Up
Efforts to Tell Their Stories

Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand will be joined by
Senators Charles E.…

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9/11 heroes may get health care cuts while hospital fights government

By Stephanie Gaskell
Daily News Staff Writer
Tuesday, June 16th 2009
New York Daily

Nearly 2,000 sick 9/11 first responders could be left without medical care
while a New Jersey hospital battles with the federal government for more money,
the Daily News has learned.

The Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences Institute at the Robert
Wood Johnson Medical School in ., says it expects to run out of federal funding
next month.

It has requested more money, but the Office of Management and Budget in Washington
has disputed the hospital is broke.…

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