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HUMAN REMAINS UPDATE 11/14 7:45 PM

 
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 14, 2006 7:34 pm    Post subject: HUMAN REMAINS UPDATE 11/14 7:45 PM
From Tue Nov 14, 2006 2:00 am to Thu Nov 16, 2006 1:59 am (included)
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Nothing recovered today.

0 Human Remains 0 Personal Items.

Team worked till about noon this afternoon as there was another meeting at 2:30 PM at City Hall to discuss the operational set up at 11 Water Street.

Another meeting scheduled for tomorrow.

The search through the asbestos laden material was completed today.

The good news was extremely outweighed by the bad news.

THE GOOD NEWS

Representatives from the City stated on the record that they will not rush the recovery effort.

THE BAD NEWS

We do not know what is worse:

Rushing a complete and comprehensive search

Or

Not rushing an incomplete search

It appears that the city has already decided to take the worse from both scenarios.

They have agreed upon an incomplete search as they refuse to excavate the service road and refuse to extend the roof top search beyond the 4 buildings they have identified.

And

They are already rushing the process as they want the testing facility at 11 Water to be completely operational by 12/4.

MORE BAD NEWS

At a meeting of Community Board 1 last night a resolution against JPAC was poorly worded and placed among economic and construction items.

Not surprising that it was approved by an 8-4 vote. (See below)

The city had the meeting full of its reps including Ed Skyler who all continued to push the mayor’s position.

The cards were stacked against us from the start. Almost every decision rendered by Community Board 1 from day one has been biased by economics and rebuilding. They have never shown any concern for safety or recovery. If you want to get a feel just read the Downtown Express. I do not even think they ran a story on the recovery of remains.

If you notice Community Board 1 does not mention any safety issues or even the search for remains at Fiterman Hall


Tomorrow at PS 234, at Chambers and Greenwich Streets at 6pm is the entire CB 1 meeting. This is our last shot to make statements, there will be no other angles for us to use, and this is the end of it. I will elaborate tonight. I have asked Norman to come, if possible, but it cannot be only one relative like last night, we need AS MANY RELATIVES AS POSSIBLE and especially the group leaders. This is our last shot.

More on this Tomorrow

Put It Above Ground


COMMUNITY BOARD #1– MANHATTAN
RESOLUTION
DATE: NOVEMBER 15, 2006
COMMITTEE OF ORIGIN: WTC REDEVELOPMENT
RE: Environment Assessment (EA) for the World Trade Center
(WTC) Vehicular Security Center and Tour Bus Parking Facility
WHEREAS: CB#1 supports the construction of the Vehicular Security Center and Tour Bus Parking Facility, and
>
WHEREAS: As of Friday, November 10, 2006, CB #1 had not yet received a
copy of the EA submitted by The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey
PANYNJ and the public hearing is on November 28, 2006 and our comments are
therefore necessarily limited to expression of the following general concerns,
now
THEREFORE
BE IT
RESOLVED
THAT: CB#1 expresses the following concerns regarding the EA for the WTC Vehicular Security Center and Tour Bus Parking Facility:
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The delayed opening of the bus parking facility, which will not open
until well after the scheduled opening of the World Trade Center memorial and
memorial museum, troubles us and we are very concerned about where tourist
buses will park in an already congested neighborhood during the first (and
likely busiest) years of operation of the memorial and memorial museum;
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We are also concerned about the apparent lack of venting for the vehicular security center and parking facility. We strongly urge that an active “scrubber” filtration system be incorporated in the design to clean air going out;
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We are concerned about increased traffic congestion due to the bus and other vehicular traffic routes and related air quality issues;
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We strongly believe that the public space above the vehicular security center should be usable green space with minimal elevation change, and
BE IT
FURTHER
RESOLVED
THAT: CB#1 reiterates its urgent request that PANYNJ use only
ultra-low sulfur diesel fuel and retrofit all moving vehicles, and
specifically concrete trucks, used on or in connection with construction on
the WTC site, and
BE IT
FURTHER
RESOLVED
THAT: CB#1 requests that PANYNJ update us quarterly on these projects.
06renov15
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COMMUNITY BOARD #1 – MANHATTAN
RESOLUTION
DATE: NOVEMBER 15, 2006
COMMITTEE OF ORIGIN: WTC REDEVELOPMENT
COMMITTEE VOTE: In Favor Opposed
Abstained Recused
BOARD VOTE: In Favor Opposed
Abstained Recused
RE: Search for Human Remains at WTC Site and Fiterman Hall

WHEREAS: Five years after the terrorist attacks on September 11, additional human remains were recently discovered certain areas in and around the WTC site and Fiterman Hall, and
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WHEREAS: Although a NY1/Newsday poll, published on Sunday, November 5,
2006, showed that 57percent of voters in the New York metropolitan area think
that the original recovery efforts at the WTC site were adequate, Mayor
Bloomberg has announced that a forensic search team is undertaking a
systematic search for additional human remains, and
>
WHEREAS: Some elected officials and family members have called on Mayor
Bloomberg to formally request that the Joint P.O.W.-M.I.A. Accounting Command
(JAPC) participate in such search efforts, and
>
WHEREAS: TheNY1/Newsday poll also showed that a majority of respondents
(55 percent) want construction on the WTC site to continue, even as the city
government renews its search for remains, now
THEREFORE
BE IT RESOLVED
THAT: CB#1 strongly believes that that construction must proceed
at the WTC site without further delay and is concerned that the participation
of JAPC would inevitably result in such delay, and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT: CB #1 supports the position of Mayor Bloomberg that the city should be solely responsible for conducting any additional search for human remains in and around the WTC site and Fiterman Hall and that the proposed participation of JAPC is unwarranted.
06renov15
COMMUNITY BOARD #1– MANHATTAN
RESOLUTION
DATE: NOVEMBER 15, 2006
COMMITTEE OF ORIGIN: WTCREDEVELOPMENT
COMMITTEE VOTE: In Favor Opposed
Abstained Recused
BOARD VOTE: In Favor Opposed
Abstained Recused

RE: Demolition of Fiterman Hall by the City University of
New York
>
WHEREAS: CB#1 supports the prompt demolition of Fiterman Hall, which is
part of the Borough Manhattan Community College (BMCC) and the City University
of New York(CUNY), and
WHEREAS: Fiterman Hall is a 15-story classroom building that was damaged on September 11, 2001and is contaminated with World Trade Center (WTC) toxins and mold, and
>
WHEREAS: Fiterman Hall is located in a very densely populated area
surrounded by residential and commercial office towers, including the
elementary school PS 234, and
WHEREAS: On Monday, October 30, 2006, CUNY and BMCC held a public meeting at which CUNY committed to:

Hold ongoing public meetings, Establish a community-labor advisory committee that includes members of CB#1, and
Make public all protocols and other demolition documents simultaneously with or prior to submission to oversight agencies, and
WHEREAS: Community Board #1 continues to have some of the issues of concern including:
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Use of a shredder and the fine dust that may be generated,
Transport of material from upper floors to lower floors – during decontamination and deconstruction,
Trucks leaving Fiterman –debris should be loaded in internal loading dock,
Clarification of whether building will be under negative air pressure, especially in the shredder zone and elevator area – concern about creating an air tunnel effect,
Air Monitoring – data needs to posted on-line as quickly as possible,
Emergency Community Notification Plan – needs to be strengthened, now
THEREFORE
BE IT
RESOLVED
THAT: CB#1 request that
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CUNY and BMCC create a transparent participatory public process and update CB#1 and the community so that the building is taken down as quickly and safely as possible,
Air monitoring be conducted for all phases of the project including the installation of the scaffolding and changing of the netting,
All on-road diesel vehicles (such as the trucks leaving Fiterman Hall with decontamination and demolition material) be retrofitted and required to use ultra-low sulfur fuel, and
BE IT
FURTHER
RESOLVED
THAT: CB#1requests that CUNY and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), as appropriate:
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Maintain an updated CUNY website on Fiterman Hall,
Post on the EPA website correspondence and documents relating to the demolition at http://www.epa.gov/wtc/demolish_deconstruct/30wbroadway.htm,
Establish an e-mail list for announcements about Fiterman (similar to 130 Liberty),
Include a forensic search as part of the site characterization and environmental sampling protocols,
Include members of the regulatory agency team including the EPA in advisory committee and public meetings,
Ensure active oversight of the remediation & demolition by EPA and other regulators.
>06renov15
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