Federal Government Expected to Recognize Cancer Link to 9/11 First Responders

Rescue workers, residents near ground zero may have gotten cancer from toxic rubble, says report.
3:00 | 09/10/12

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George, to a major health head line just before tomorrow's september 11th anniversary. For the first time, the government is expected to compensate rescue workers and people living near ground zero who may have gotten cancer as a result of that toxic rubble. Amy, good morning. This has been an 11-year fight with the resolution now expected anniversary. Reporter: When the towers fell, thousands of first RESPONDERS, POLICE, FIRE, EMTs And volunteers rushed to the scene, many working there for months. In the years that followed, many of them, as well as many of the people who live near the site, argue that the toxins from ground zero gave them cancer. They knew the air wasn't safe, notwithstanding what the epa was saying. But it didn't matter. Reporter: As they pushed back on paying the medical bills, arguing there was no proof now, though, a turnabout, faced with new evidence that 50 cancers will be suffered by a $2.77 billion fund set up by compensation. The first responders there for us, we're now going to be there for them. We're going to compensate them. We're going to help provide treatment. This gets tricky, though. This is not a magic bullet. The ruling means many new people will come forward, but the size of the fund is not increasing. It could get implicated. Thanks very much.

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