Eligibility for Zadroga 9/11 Fund expanded to residents
It’s not just victims and first responders any more.
People who live near Ground Zero and suffered health problems as a result of the toxic conditions following the attacks also will be able to appeal to the Zadroga 9/11 Fund for reimbursement, according to published reports.
“Expanding the area covered means people who got sick not working in the Pit can still be helped,” by the $2.7 billion fund, demolition supervisor and 9/11 advocate John Feal told the Daily News.
According to the Federal Register, the new boundaries for claimants seeking reimbursement will be in Manhattan “south of the line that runs along Reade Street from the Hudson River to the intersection of Reade Street and Centre Street, south on Centre Street to the Brooklyn Bridge, and along the Brooklyn Bridge.”
The definition of the 9/11 crash site also will include “any area related to, or along, routes of debris removal, such as barges and Fresh Kills.” Other changes also are expected to be implemented to make applying for redress easier.
The public has until August 5th to comment on the proposed rule change. Among the specifics yet to be worked out are whether and under what conditions cancer should be covered. “I intend to make decisions based on the best scientific and medical evidence that is available,” the Fund’s Special Master, Sheila Birnbaum said in the report.