Fallout from 9/11 attacks on par with Fukushima and Chernobyl

At a recent conference at the New York Academy of Medicine, researchers shared more evidence of elevated rates of cancer, heart and respiratory disease and post-traumatic stress disorder among workers at the World Trade Center site that link to the chemicals at the site. One doctor avowed that the health consequences of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 are equivalent to the fallout from the nuclear accidents at Chernobyl  in 1986 and Fukushima in 2011, reports Leah McGrath Goodman in Newsweek.

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Obama expected to veto JASTA, White House says

White House press secretary Josh Earnest told reporters that President Obama intends to veto a bill Congress approved without objection that would allow families of the victims of terrorist attacks to sue foreign governments. The Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism bill, commonly known as JASTA, would permit courts to waive claims to foreign sovereign immunity in cases involving terrorist attacks.Among other things, JASTA would allow victims of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks to sue Saudi Arabia, write David Nakamura, Karoun Demirjian and Mike DeBonis in the Washington Post.

The president has opposed the bill and has continually said he will veto it. JASTA is popular, however, and Congress may have enough votes to override a presidential veto.

On the fifteenth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, a group of September 11 victims’ family members sent an open letter to Obama,asking not to abandon them with a veto.

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New York state extends deadline for September 11 health claims

The deadline for World Trade Center rescue and recovery workers to file claims for the many illnesses stemming  from their work at the site after the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks is now September 11, 2018. The opportunity to file ended two years ago, leaving those recently diagnosed with World Trade Center-related illness stranded, writes Michael Virtanen of the Associated Press.

New York’s governor signed the bill into law on September 11, 2016.

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