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Misleading information on sifting at Fresh Kills

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PostPosted: Sat Mar 27, 2010 4:45 pm    Post subject: Misleading information on sifting at Fresh Kills
From Sat Mar 27, 2010 3:00 am to Thu Apr 01, 2010 2:59 am (included)
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Dear All,

This is DAMAGE CONTROL. The media and our personal emails from the City (Mayor's office and Office of the Medical Examiner) have been filled with the news of sifting taking place at Fresh Kills. These messages coming out of the City are misleading at best. What is taking place is a continuation of what they had been doing at Water Street in Brooklyn. This is NOT a resifting of what they dumped at Fresh Kills.

For years we have been telling the City that there are many places at the WTC site that had never been excavated. Instead of being proactive, the City waited for such awful discoveries as that made by Con Ed workers. Accidentally discovering human remains, and being honest enough to report this discovery, Con Ed essentially forced the City to search a bit more. There are still areas at the WTC site that have been paved over or just ignored, not having been searched. The most recent excavations are no longer being processed at Water Street but are being taken to Fresh Kills, near the Sanitation Department office trailers where the material is being looked through. We had been allowed to visit the Brooklyn facility for one day. At that time we were told all material, after processing would be put into environmentally safe containers. When I saw these containers months later at Fresh Kills, these containers had NO LIDS. Calling that to the City's attention, lids were affixed to the containers. Shortly after, tents were erected, and the containers emptied and removed. These materials are no longer in environmentally secure containers. There seems to be a pattern of trying to deceive the public and especially the friends and families of those who were murdered at the WTC.

We are still fighting to have the material (hills 1 & 9 at Fresh Kills) removed and put in a place which does not have household trash. There is even a place at Fresh Kills that could accommodate this effort, but the City has refused. Apparently the garbage dump is good enough. The City emptied (though not thoroughly) the WTC site and searched for remains (though not completely) during a 10 month period from 2001-2002. The endeavor came in under time (scheduled to take 2 years) and under budget ( FEMA appropriated $125 million...the City spent $67 million and then used the remaining money to pay straight-time salaries). It is this material, sitting on top of household trash without separation, that we want removed.

How especially cruel to try to deceive you all. I am so very sorry for any false hope you had and any increased pain this information gives you.

Questions? Please write to WTCFamiliesforProperBurial@comcast.net

Diane Horning
mother of 26-year-old Matthew Horning, WTC I, 95th floor
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