NIOSH seeks comment on 9/11 benefits law

March 8, 2011

Washington – NIOSH is requesting comment through April 29 on implementation of the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act (.pdf file).

The act, signed into law this year, establishes the World Trade Center Health Program within NIOSH to provide medical monitoring and treatment to first responders and survivors of the 9/11 WTC attacks in New York. The program will operate for five years, with services scheduled to begin July 1.

In accordance with the act, the WTC program administrator also is reviewing scientific and medical evidence to determine if certain cancers should be added to the list of conditions covered by the program.

NIOSH is requesting information on the following by March 31:

  • Relevant reports, publications, and scientific and medical findings indicating a possible link between exposure to airborne toxins or other hazards from the 9/11 attacks and cancer
  • Clinical findings from the Clinical Centers of Excellence providing monitoring and treatment services to responders
  • Input on the scientific criteria to be used to evaluate medical evidence of potential health conditions