New York, NY –
Seventeen families who lost relatives in the World Trade Center attacks are asking a federal appeals court to let them secure the remains of their family members from the Fresh Kills landfill. A lower court judge ruled they had no standing to sue the city. Attorney Norman Siegel disagrees. He represents the families.
SIEGEL: The case really boils down to an elemental question: Are we prepared to leave hundreds of human body parts and human remains of 9/11 victims on top of a garbage dump as their final resting place?
REPORTER: The city maintains it removed all remains from the debris, and that no further identification can be performed.
About 40 percent of World Trade Center victims' remains have not been recovered. Siegel says archeology schools have offered to assist the city in sorting through the rubble.