In a recently released report, federal officials from National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, determined there is not yet enough evidence to add cancers to the list of diseases covered by the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act.
Under the Zadroga Act the administrator of the World Trade Center Health Program must periodically review whether cancer can be linked to the 9/11 attacks or cleanup and added to the list of diseases responders get assistance for.
The first such review, released Tuesday, concluded there wasn’t basis to add the disease to the list and that more studies are needed.
The next review will be conducted in early to mid-2012.
The cause of Zadroga’s 2006 death continues to be debated. His supporters say he died from respiratory disease contracted at ground zero. But the city’s medical examiner said his lung condition was caused by prescription drug abuse, not by World Trade Center particles.