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|Posted: Wed Nov 15, 2006 9:25 pm Post subject: Search for Human Remains at the WTC- City Update 11/15
From Wed Nov 15, 2006 2:00 am to Thu Nov 16, 2006 1:59 am (included)
|TO: 9/11 FAMILY GROUPS
FROM: PATRICK J. BRENNAN
THE CITY OF NEW YORK
OFFICE OF THE MAYOR
NEW YORK, N.Y. 10007
DEPUTY MAYOR FOR ADMINISTRATION
To: Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg
Subject: Search for Human Remains at the World Trade Center Site
Date: November 15, 2006
As work on the abandoned Con Edison manholes and services boxes nears completion, we have created a schedule for the next phase of the search for human remains from the 9/11 attacks in the locations identified in the October 27th report. As you have instructed, this renewed effort will continue until we have searched every place where remains could be found. The recovery work will be done compassionately and thoroughly.
At the World Trade Center site, exploratory excavations are planned for the haul road, a section of Liberty Street, and the site of the former St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church at 140 Liberty Street. Material removed as a result of these excavations will be taken to 11 Water Street in Brooklyn, the site of the former temporary headquarters for the Office of Emergency Management (except in cases where the material tests positive for hazardous materials). At 11 Water Street, forensic anthropologists from the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner (OCME) will sift through the material and attempt to recover human remains and personal property.
Any human remains that are recovered will be transported to the OCME offices where the staff will try to make identifications using DNA technology. Personal property will be handed over to the New York City Police Department (NYPD) where the Property Clerk Division will work on identif’ing the owners and returning items to family-members.
All material excavated at the World Trade Center site will be tested by the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) before it is transported to 11 Water Street. Any material that tests positive for hazardous materials will be sifted and abated on the World Trade Center site, by workers wearing the appropriate personal protective equipment.
DATE: NOVEMBER 15, 2006
RE: SEARCH FOR HUMAN REMAINS AT WORLD TRADE CENTER SITE
The exploratory excavations are set to begin in December, when the work on the original manholes is complete. At that time, the site at 11 Water Street will be ready to receive material. The exploratory excavations could last until the end of next summer, depending on what is recovered.
Material removed from subterranean structures outside of the World Trade Center site identified in the October 27th report will also be transported to II Water Street for sifting by the OCME. The material will be removed at night and the work will be coordinated so that Verizon, Con Edison and DEP access structures on the same streets simultaneously to minimize traffic disruptions. We anticipate that the removal of material will begin in December and will be complete by the spring.
The rooftops of the Millennium Hotel and One Liberty Plaza as well as material from the interiors of 130 Liberty Street (Deutsche Bank), Fiterman Hall and 130 Cedar Street will be sifted on-site at those locations. Any human remains recovered on the rooftops or interiors of these buildings will also be taken to the OCME offices and personal property will be handed over to the NYPD.
The operation at the Millennium Hotel will begin at the end of this week and is expected to last two weeks; we will begin work at One Liberty Plaza immediately following the completion of the work at the Millennium Hotel. The operation at Deutsche Bank is ongoing (persoimel are there today) and will continue until the end of February. The operation at Fiterman Hall will begin in January and continue until the end of May. OCME will make an initial assessment of 130 Cedar Street this month and we expect that operation to be completed by next fall.
Sifting operations at every location will be witnessed by members of the NYPD and the Fire Department. We have been in touch with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation about the possibility of storing the material at Fresh Kills once it has been carefully sifted.
Finally, the schedule outlined above is subject to change due to unforeseen events; its implementation will be coordinated by the Office of Emergency Management and the Lower Manhattan Construction Command Center.