One of the recurring issues has been whether cancer should be included in the criteria for compensation. I have written of Firemen, Policemen and EMT survivors who have had to fight to their last cancerous breath to have the politicians do the honourable thing, and acknowledge that cancer is a direct result of what happened on September 11, 2001, and that these personnel and their families should be compensated.
Recently I wrote that it looked - finally - as if the lawmakers were going to concede to what has been obvious to the rest of us that, yes, indeed, previously healthy men and women who ran in to save lives, while others ran away, have got cancer from the severely noxious chemicals they breathed in. Material that has long been on scientific record as cancerous, was finally going to be added to the list of those diseases that our 9/11 First Responders- and Ground Zero recovery workers/crews who worked months in the aftermath - MUST BE compensated for.
On February 27 I wrote about The Cancer of 9/11
The cancer of 9/11
February 25, 2012,
This is the TRUTH. Read the rest of this one here.
Needless to say, I have been following this issue very closely, and within the last month there were headlines that a decision was finally imminent.
Feds to rule on whether to grant cancer aid for victims of WTC dust exposure
Published: Friday, June 01, 2012
NEW YORK — A federal health official is expected to decide within days whether to expand an aid program for anyone sickened by World Trade Center dust to cover cancer, a move that would be cheered by many former ground zero workers, but could also prove costly and come at the expense of people with ailments more conclusively linked to 9/11's toxic fallout.An advisory committee recommended in March that the government open up the $4.3 billion program to people with cancers in 14 different broad categories, including nearly all of the most common forms of the disease....(more here)
In early April, the government-appointed Scientific and Technical Advisory Committee (S.T.A.C.) recommended that the federal government add approximately 30 types of cancer to the list of 9/11-related illnesses covered by the health portion of the law. Dr. John Howard, the bill’s administrator, was expected to issue a ruling based on the S.T.A.C. recommendation by last Sat., June 2.
But the deadline came and went without a public announcement from the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (N.I.O.S.H.).
Asked about the delay, a N.I.O.S.H. spokesperson said, “The June 2 date was a statutory deadline, but there’s no penalty for missing it.”...
To this point, the list of covered illnesses has remained limited, partly because federal lawmakers were concerned about runaway costs and illegitimate claims.
But there is no question that known carcinogens - including asbestos, benzene-laden jet fuel and other toxins - were present among the nearly 300 chemicals that Ground Zero workers handled and inhaled day after day.
We all KNOW that what the Ground Zero workers inhaled on that day and in the aftermath IS killing them, and that IS their ultimate penalty as these dipshit politicians drag their heels.
As one of my First Responder 'peeps' said to me recently: the longer they drag their heels, the more of us will have died off. Sadly, that is the truth.
I promise the politicians that even if every First Responder who has cancer shucks off their earth suit because for the politicians 'there is no penalty,' this unbiased *cough* reporter will NOT rest until the lawmakers do the right thing.
The lawmakers may think they can ignore this pressing issue. They cannot. There are many of us out here who are paying close attention. We will continue to DEMAND that America does the right thing for all the 9/11 First Responders - Ground Zero recovery crews.
Yeah, I am furious, and yeah, thank God for bp meds.
Pay attention, America.