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Sunday, September 7, 2014

9-11 Museum nixes exhibit features that dispute link between Ground Zero dust and cancer, health issues

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All three of the panels that upset first responders have now been changed.

The 9/11 Museum has replaced three panels that cast doubt on the link between toxic dust around Ground Zero and the subsequent health problems of thousands who worked near the site after the attack.

Last month the Daily News reported complaints about the panels by groups that represent 9/11 first responders and survivors.

Under the Zadroga Act, enacted in 2011, tens of thousands of people have received federal aid for health problems, including cancer, that doctors have certified as linked to toxic smoke and dust that lingered in the air after the attack.

But a museum exhibit titled "After 9/11" treated the connection between the air and the health issues as less certain than the federal government does.

One panel referred to the Zadroga Act as providing aid for "for those with health conditions claimed to be related" to the attack. Another said federal and city officials faced criticism for "allegedly" providing bad information about the air quality in lower Manhattan. A third panel cited a finding that dust around the site was "hazardous."The museum has been criticized by advocates for survivors and the families of victims.

A museum official said Thursday that the institution quietly replaced the offending panels in recent weeks. The new panels are similar but exclude the phrases "claimed to be" and "allegedly."

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