Firefighters, police officers, and cleanup workers who worked on rescue and clearing operations at Ground Zero are suing New York City and its subcontractors for health problems allegedly caused by working at the site. 200,000 respirators were distributed at the time, but many workers did not use them. Injured workers are already eligible for workers' compensation and free medical care, but attorneys are hoping for a bigger pot of money from taxpayers. "The city has argued that it will be handicapped in responding to any future disasters if the possibility of negligence lawsuits is left hanging over its head." (Anthony DePalma, NY Times, Jun. 23).
The Specter-Leahy asbestos bill has been amended to also cover 9/11 and Katrina responders.