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Sept 11 workers reach deal with World Trade Center

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Lawyers for more than 9,000 workers injured or sickened during the rescue, recovery and cleanup of the September 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center reached a $47.5 million deal with the site owners on Thursday.

The settlement still needs to be approved by the board of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which owns the 16 acre Lower Manhattan site, and the governors of both states, said Paul Napoli, an attorney representing the majority of the workers, in a statement.

The Port Authority declined to comment on the deal. Its board is due to meet on October 21.

The money would only be paid to the 9,055 workers who named the Port Authority in their lawsuits and would be in addition to a separate $712.5 million agreement reached between lawyers for nearly 10,000 workers and New York City earlier this year.

Under the Port Authority agreement, workers would be paid according to the type and severity of injuries or illnesses associated with their work at the World Trade Center.

The $712.5 million deal with New York City requires the participation of 95 percent of the nearly 10,000 plaintiffs. It will be drawn from a federally financed insurance fund -- the WTC Captive Insurance Company -- created in 2004 with a $1 billion grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

(Reporting by Michelle Nichols; editing by Todd Eastham)

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