Tuesday, September 5, 2006

Officials Slow to Hear Claims of 9/11 Illnesses

Article in today's New York Times -- Officials Slow to Hear Claims of 9/11 Illnesses, by Anthony DePalma:

    Five years after the World Trade Center towers collapsed in a vortex of dust and ash,
    government officials have only recently begun to take a role in the care of many of
    the 40,000 responders and recovery workers who were made sick by toxic materials
    at ground zero.

    But for many of the ill and those worried about becoming sick, government actions —
    coming from officials whom they see as more concerned about the politics of the moment
    than the health of those who responded to the emergency — are too limited and too late.

    The delay in assistance along with a lack of rigorous inquiry into the magnitude of the      
    environmental disaster unleashed that day is all the more disturbing, they say, as the
    country faces a future in which such disasters could happen again.


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