Sunday, October 10, 2004
Via our esteemed colleague Rorschach at No Capital: You'd think the victims of 9/11 would deserve slightly better treatment, considering all the unpaid work they've done for the Bush campaign:
The remains of hundreds of victims of the September 11 attacks are to be permanently buried in the world's largest rubbish dump, to the consternation of their grieving relatives.
In the aftermath of 9/11, more than half a million tons of dust and ashes from the Twin Towers were taken to the sprawling Fresh Kills landfill site on Staten Island.
More than 100 years' worth of refuse from New York City had accumulated at the dump before it was finally closed just six months before the attacks. The rubble from the World Trade Center ended up covering some 48 acres.
Relatives were assured that ashes would be returned after they were sorted, but city authorities have since balked at the estimated $450 million cost of transferring them again. Instead they have promised to lay a 2,200-acre park on top of the dump, whose rotting contents smell strongly of methane, and to erect a memorial to the victims.
Relatives of 1,169 of the 3,000 who died have yet to receive any remains, and many are outraged at the authorities' decision.
Diane Horning, whose son Matthew, 24, died in the North Tower, where he worked for the insurance company Marsh and McLennan, said: "We were promised the remains - any and all remains of the victims - and now we discover that my lost son is to spend eternity in a rubbish dump . . . .
According to city proposals, the mound of debris will be shaped into two embankments of 1,368 ft and 1,362 ft. Each will be as long as the 110-storey Twin Towers were high. Visitors will be able to walk in between the embankments, looking towards the Trade Center site across the harbour.
Officials say that a cemetery for the ashes would cost at least $45 million and that a memorial will be a focal point of the new Trade Center.