New York City Reviews Allegations of WTC Waste Theft

Date: October 25, 2001

Source: News Room

Authorities in New York are investigating whether criminals have looted the ruins of the World Trade Center, diverting scrap metal still considered evidence in the Sept. 11 attacks. New York Police Commissioner Bernard Kerik has said a Manhattan grand jury is reviewing evidence that organized crime families took tons of steel and other metals to three area landfills, two in New Jersey and one in Long Island, instead of the official site at Fresh Kills on Staten Island. The New York Post recently reported more than 250 tons of crime-scene material was diverted. An estimated 1.2 million tons of rubble resulted from the disaster. Mayor Rudolph Giuliani has said it could take up to a year before the lower Manhattan site, which includes steel beams driven deep into the ground by the buildings' collapse, is completely cleaned up.

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