The New York Sun reports the New York State Senate and New Jersey Legislature have approved a bill to move up to 480,000 tons of WTC debris from the Fresh Kills Landfill on Staten Island.
The crux of the argument of course is that family members do not want the pulverized dust of their loved ones left in New York City’s infamously enormous landfill. New York is moving to create a memorial at the reclaimed landfill.
Family members would prefer the debris is moved back to Ground Zero but those efforts have been defeated. The new bill just says it should be “moved to a suitable location decided by the governors of New Jersey and New York.” Moving all the debris back to Ground Zero of course is not practical. No alternative site has been named (although the families have suggested Governor’s Island)
New York City’s multimillion dollar plan for a park like setting for the debris with a new age style “crop circle” memorial in which the WTC would be created on the ground and visible from the air.
New Jersey passed a bill requesting the transfer. The New York effort is being led by Rockland County officials — Thomas Morahan in the Senate and Ryan Karben in the Assembly.
The effort for the move is being led by WTC Families for Proper Burial. Their website notes that getting access and photos of the debris is very difficult.