NYC Will Pay Sick Ground Zero Workers $657M
City faces 10K lawsuits over World Trade Center dust
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Mar 11, 2010 7:22 PM CST
Twisted steel and smoke marked the rubble of the north World Trade Center tower in this Oct. 11, 2001 photo.   (AP Photo)

(Newser) – New York City has agreed to pay up to $657 million to settle more than 10,000 lawsuits filed by ground zero rescue and response workers who say they were sickened by World Trade Center dust. The settlement was announced tonight by the WTC Captive Insurance Company, a special entity established to indemnify the city and its contractors against potential legal action as they moved to clean up the site.