What is the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund?
Understanding The September 11th Victim Compensation Fund
According to VCF.gov, the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund was created to compensate people who were present at the site of the 9/11 attacks from September, 11, 2001, to May 30, 2002, including:
- The New York City exposure zone
- The Pentagon in Washington D.C.
- The United 93 crash site in Shanksville, Pennsylvania
If you were present at any of these sites and have been diagnosed with a 9/11-related illness or a 9/11-related preexisting illness which has worsened, you may be eligible for compensation. Family members of loved ones who were exposed are also eligible. The VCF compensates anyone, including residents and workers, who were present in one of the above mentioned disaster locations.
In 2019, Congress fully funded the VCF and extended the filing deadline for claims to 2090.
Reason For The September 11th Victim Compensation Fund
On September 18, 2001, the Environmental Protection Agency released a statement claiming that the air quality in Lower Manhattan was safe, prompting residents and workers to return to lower Manhattan. According to a 2003 report released by the inspector general of the EPA, the EPA’s statement on September 18 saying that the air was safe was made without sufficiently reliable information. The EPA was influenced by the White House Council on Environmental Quality to make reassuring public comments. In fact, the air was filled with asbestos, fiberglass, mercury, benzene, and other carcinogens.
According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), approximately 400,000 workers, residents, building occupants, and passersby were exposed to the toxic dust cloud created by the attacks. As of June 2020, there have been 54,000 claims filed with the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund and $6.69 billion awarded.
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