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9/11 Responders Far from NYC Seek Compensation

Workers are seen draping a flag over the wall of the Pentagon shortly after the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001

Workers are seen draping a flag over the wall of the Pentagon shortly after the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001

NEW YORK (AP) — They weren’t exposed to anywhere near the same level of ash, grit and fumes.

But some emergency workers who responded to the Pentagon and the Pennsylvania countryside on 9/11 are signing up for the same compensation and health care benefits being offered to New Yorkers who got sick after toiling in the dust of the World Trade Center.

Federal officials say at least 91 people from the Pentagon and the Pennsylvania sites have applied for payment from a multibillion-dollar fund for people with an illness related to the attacks.

There’s little medical evidence that those responders were exposed to unusual environmental hazards or are getting sick in large numbers, but officials are urging some responders to enroll as a precaution.

More than 24,000 applied for compensation for ground zero work.