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Reps. Maloney, Fossella and Shays Demand 9/11 Responder Plan

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PostPosted: Wed Apr 12, 2006 9:09 pm    Post subject: Reps. Maloney, Fossella and Shays Demand 9/11 Responder Plan
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For Immediate Release Contact: Joe Soldevere (Maloney)
April 12, 2006 (212) 860-0606
Craig Donner (Fossella)
(718) 356-8400
Sarah Moore (Shays)
(202) 225-5541

Reps. Maloney, Fossella and Shays

Demand 9/11 Responder Health Treatment Plan NOW

-Confirmation That NYPD Detective Died of WTC Illness

Must Spur Fed. Gov't to Action, Reps. Say-

New York, NY - In response to the first official confirmation that a 9/11 responder died to due to illnesses sustained at Ground Zero, U.S. Representatives Carolyn Maloney (D-Manhattan, Queens), Vito Fossella (R-Staten Island, Brooklyn) and Christopher Shays (R-CT) today requested that the federal government immediately release its progress on a plan to care for everyone whose health was compromised by the World Trade Center disaster. Yesterday evening, autopsy results revealed that the death of NYPD Detective James Zadroga "was directly related to the 9/11 attacks."

The Members of Congress called on 9/11 Health Coordinator Dr. John Howard to outline how the federal government plans to fully monitor and treat all Ground Zero responders and Lower Manhattan residents who are sick as a result of 9/11 (the full text of the letter can be found at <http://maloney.house.gov/documents/911recovery/20060412doctorhoward.pdf>). The Reps. also requested that Dr. Howard travel to New York as soon as possible to meet with elected officials, advocacy groups and sick and injured responders and residents.

"Yesterday's tragic news confirms our worst fears: that the toxic soup of Ground Zero is responsible for killing 9/11 heroes," said Rep. Maloney. "It is truly sad that 4 years after 9/11, the federal government still does not have a comprehensive plan to treat those who are suffering as a result of the attacks. Our government must take action now to help prevent any future tragedies. It is abundantly clear that we don't have any more time to lose."

Congressman Fossella said, "This finding makes it essential that comprehensive screening, monitoring and treatment programs are in place for 9/11 responders. There are literally thousands of men and women who responded on 9/11 and in the days and weeks after who were exposed to the toxic cocktail of dust that covered lower Manhattan. The federal 9/11 health coordinator is responsible for overseeing the government's response to the sick and injured 9/11 responders. The $125 million in funding we successfully restored will help ensure that monitoring and treatment is available for those who are ill."

"This death is a painful reminder of our enduring duty to respond to the needs of the wounded and learn the lessons their hard histories teach," said Congressman Shays. "The public health approach to lingering environmental hazards is still unfocused and incomplete, and the need for long term monitoring has been met with only short term commitments. Instead of tracking and charting the evolution of people's health conditions, we should be focused on translating their experience into timely actions."


Last month, the Centers for Disease Control announced that it would distribute $75 million to programs that administer baseline and follow-up screening, clinical examinations, or long-term medical health monitoring, analysis or treatment for emergency services personnel or rescue and recovery personnel. This funding was part of $125 million that the Bush Administration rescinded in last year's budget. The remaining $50 million was distributed to the New York State Uninsured Employers Fund for reimbursement of claims related to the September 11, 2001, attacks.

In February, Dr. John Howard, Director of the federal National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), was appointed to serve as the federal government's coordinator to oversee the response to Ground Zero health impacts. Fossella and Maloney called for the appointment of a Health Coordinator following the deaths of three 9/11 responders -- EMTs Timothy Keller, 41 (June 2005) and Felix Hernandez, 31 (October 2005) and NYPD Detective James Zadroga, 34 (January 2006).

On February 27, 2006, the Government Reform Subcommittee on National Security, Emerging Threats and International Relations, chaired by Congressman Christopher Shays, held the third in a series of hearings into the health effects of 9/11. At the hearing, Dr. Howard testified that he would be developing a plan to medically monitor and treat 9/11 responders as the federal coordinator for 9/11 health.

It is believed that tens of thousands of first responders, federal employees and lower Manhattan residents and workers are suffering from health problems caused by exposure to toxins at or near the World Trade Center site, including asbestos, lead, mercury, powdered glass and other carcinogens that were stagnating in the air.

The World Trade Center Medical Monitoring Program found that roughly half of the 16,000 people followed have a medical condition resulting from 9/11. A New York City Fire Department study reported similar findings. Other screening programs have not fared as well. One initiative geared to State workers was terminated while another for federal rescue workers was closed after screening only 400 of the approximately 10,000 federal responders at Ground Zero.
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