9/11 remains possibly used to pave roads
By Edith HonanSat Mar 24, 1:14 AM ET
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Debris that may have contained bits ofbone from victims of the World Trade Center attacks was used tofill potholes and pave city roads, according to court papersfiled on Friday.The charge was made in an affidavit filed in Manhattanfederal court in an ongoing case filed in 2005 by familymembers of those killed in the attacks against the city. Theysay the city did not do enough to search for remains, denyingvictims a proper burial.
Eric Beck, a construction worker employed at the FreshKills landfill in the borough of Staten Island, where therubble was taken after the Twin Towers fell, said in hisaffidavit that the process of sifting through the debris wasrushed.
Beck said he saw sanitation workers removing small piecesof debris containing possible bone fragments and loading them"onto tractors, and using it to pave roads and fill inpotholes, dips and ruts."
Kimberly Miu, a spokeswoman for the city's legal office,declined to comment on the latest filing, saying it would beinappropriate to talk about a pending motion.
The WTC Families for Proper Burial, the group that filedthe suit, has also battled the city over how to honor the 2,749people who died in the attacks on the Twin Towers.
Some relatives of victims have opposed any effort torebuild on Ground Zero, calling it sacred ground and saying itwould disrespect those who perished there.
Construction of the planned memorial and skyscraper hasrepeatedly been delayed, in part due to concerns expressed byvictims' families.
The remains of about 40 percent of the victims were neverrecovered, and hundreds of bone fragments have been discoveredin and around Ground Zero in the last six months, the lawsuitsays.