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World Trade Center Registry
Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, September 2002

The NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR), an environmental public health agency under the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, are creating a registry of people who worked or lived in the vicinity of the World Trade Center (WTC) site on September 11, 2001.

The registry will track the health of these people in an effort to determine if their exposures to smoke, dust, and airborne substances around the WTC site may have long-term impacts on their physical health. The WTC Registry will also attempt to assess potential long-term psychological impacts of the WTC disaster by tracking the mental health of those enrolled. In all, we expect to enroll between 100,000 and 200,000 persons in the WTC Registry. When completed, it will be the largest such registry of its kind.

Eligibility criteria for enrollment in the WTC Registry will be based on whether you lived, worked, or attended school near the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001, or worked as a rescue, recovery, or construction worker either at the WTC site until the fires went out, or at the Staten Island landfill. The WTC Registry is expected to launch in the spring of 2003.

If you fall into any of the above groups, you may be eligible to enroll in the WTC Registry. Please check back; an online form will be available in the near future to take your contact information. Click here for registry questions and answers.

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