At least nine hundred 9/11 first responders have died, while thousands of others have developed various forms of cancer, since that fateful day. While these casualties are almost certainly due to toxins at Ground Zero, the U.S. government has failed to pass health legislation to assist these heroic individuals.
Nearly 100,000 first responders have been exposed to toxic elements such as Asbestos and were not instructed to wear any special equipment to avoid medical problems. In fact, as demonstrated in the shocking documentary , the EPA and the U.S. Government told them the air was safe to breathe.
The still unsigned Zadroga Bill, which has been flickering around on the back-burner for a time, is awaiting President Obama’s promised signature. Named after NYPD Detective James Zadroga, who succumbed to respiratory disease in 2006, the bill would assist first responders suffering from Ground Zero-related diseases. Unfortunately, insofar as passage of the bill is concerned, I wouldn’t hold my breath: Heroes are usually relegated to a forgotten history as soon as the parades end.
UPDATE (9/30/10): The Zadroga Bill was passed in the House today. I was wrong: You could have held your breath after all; but the fact still remains that over 900 individuals still continue to do so.
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