Some 9/11 Remains Ended Up in a Landfill

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Photo: GARY FRIEDMAN/2011 AFP

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."