Some 9/11 Remains Ended Up in a Landfill

A fireman walks amongst the rubble and the smoldering wreckage of the World Trade Center 11 October 2001 in New York.  An interfaith ceremony was held at ground zero in conjunction with the one month anniversary of the attacks, marked by the short prayer service and a moment of silence at 8:48am.   AFP Photo/POOL/Gary Friedman (Photo credit should read GARY FRIEDMAN/AFP/Getty Images)

Identifying remains from victims of September 11 has been a decade-long struggle replete with controversy. Now, a new report from an independent panel has found that “several portions of remains” that weren’t identified from the Shanksville, Pennsylvania crash and the Pentagon were placed in a landfill as part of a biomedical waste disposal process, as also occurred recently with military personnel. The independent panel reported a “lack of clear command authority and supervision, lack of command and technical oversight, unclear relationships among coordinating organizations,” and other issues. “We don’t think it should have happened,” said the panel’s leader, a retired general. “These problems need to be corrected right away.”