New WTC Registry Report Shows National Impact of 9/11 Health Crisis

Apr 30, 2007
Press Release
New York, NY – Today, Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-Manhattan, Queens) and Congressman Vito Fossella (R-Staten Island, Brooklyn) released a report showing that people from all 50 states and the District of Columbia have enrolled in the World Trade Center Health Registry.  According to the report, thousands of Americans from throughout the country were in the immediate vicinity of Ground Zero in the months following 9/11 and have since signed up for the Registry, which will track changes in their physical and mental health over the next 20 years.  The City of New York compiled the data and released it at Maloney’s and Fossella’s request.

“This report shows that Americans from all 50 states were exposed to the aftermath of 9/11 and have serious concerns about their health,” said Congresswoman Maloney.  “Thousands of people from every corner of our country were either in lower Manhattan on 9/11 or rushed to Ground Zero to help with rescue and recovery operations.  The 9/11 health crisis is an emergency on a national scale and it requires a federal response.  The Bush Administration must take the lead in providing medical monitoring for every American exposed to Ground Zero toxins and treatment for anyone who’s sick as a result.”

Congressman Fossella said, "This report provides the most comprehensive picture yet of the potential health impacts of 9/11.  Unsung heroes in every state have signed up for the registry either out of concern for their health or because they are already sick or injured.  We have long argued that the health impacts of 9/11 are a national problem that requires a national response.  Nearly six years after the attacks, the federal government must develop a plan to medically monitor and treat all those who were exposed to the air of Ground Zero."

Today’s report, the full text of which can be found at https://maloney.house.gov/documents/911recovery/RegistryEnrollment20070306.pdf
breaks down the number of WTC Health registrants by state and congressional district.  Districts that have between 0 and 25 enrollees are listed as “<25" to protect registrants’ confidentiality. 

Strikingly, the report shows that World Trade Center health registrants live in states as far from Ground Zero as California (1,035 registrants), Arizona (156) and Alabama (128).

The Registry is a voluntary survey and no blood tests or medical exams are required to enroll. Americans are eligible for the World Trade Center Health Registry if they meet one of the following criteria:

* They were in a building, on the street, or on the subway south of Chambers Street on 9/11/01;

* They were involved in either rescue, recovery, cleanup or other activities at the WTC site or WTC recovery operations on Staten Island any time between 9/11/01 and 6/30/02;

* They were a student or staff member in schools or day care centers south of Canal Street on 9/11/01; or

   * They lived south of Canal Street on 9/11/01.

According to the Registry, “many people from outside New York City were near the WTC site on 9/11/01. Thousands commuted to or visited New York City from the greater metropolitan area, and volunteers from all over the country came to the WTC site to help in the rescue and recovery effort.
“The WTC Health Registry is a comprehensive and confidential health survey of those most directly exposed to the events of 9/11/01. Those who enrolled answered a 30-minute telephone survey about where they were on 9/11/01, and were asked to report the status of their health. This will allow health professionals to compare the health of those most exposed to the events of 9/11/01 with the health of the general population.”