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Workers allege 9/11 debris not searched

March 24, 2007 at 1:18 PM

NEW YORK, March 24 (UPI) -- New York City officials are being accused of not adequately sifting through debris from the World Trade Center for bits of human remains.

A supervisory construction worker at a Staten Island landfill alleges that city workers hauled away debris for use in road repairs without properly searching it for remains or personal effects of victims of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks.

"Remains in potholes are a quintessential example of the city's acting with deliberate indifference toward 9/11 family members in recovering remains," Norman Siegel, who represents the group World Trade Center Families for Proper Burial, said in a lawsuit.

New York Post reported Saturday that workers at the Fresh Kills landfill estimate at least 223,000 tons of the roughly 1.65 million tons of Ground Zero debris never went through the sifting process and that, as one worker said in an affidavit, "there are -- at a minimum -- hundreds of human body parts of WTC victims buried at Fresh Kills."

The city had no comment due to the litigation.

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