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Dozens of cancers will be added to a list of World Trade Center-related illnesses that are eligible for compensation under a federal law aimed at compensating first responders and others who were exposed to contamination from the collapse of the Twin Towers.
The momentous decision was announced earlier today in a statement by Dr. John Howard, the administrator of the World Trade Center Health Program, which was created under the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act of 2010. Howard had proposed the new rule in June.
The full list of approximately 50 cancers to be included under the new rule can be found here.
The decision comes as the city and country mark the 11th anniversary of the terror attacks that killed nearly 3,000 people on Sept. 11, 2001.
MetroFocus, the magazine of Channel 13, has put together a guide to various events meant to memorialize the day.