A lawyer has asked a federal appeals court to let families of victims of the World Trade Center attacks remove ashes of their loved ones from a garbage dump.
Attorney Norman Siegel told the three-judge panel in Manhattan on Wednesday that 17 families he represents want fine particles of debris containing remains to be taken from a dump on Staten Island to a more respectful place.
City lawyer Jim Tyrrell referred to the debris as "undifferentiated dirt" and urged the court to toss out a lawsuit brought by the families.
Siegel said it was as if relatives were left on top of garbage.
A lower court judge had ruled that it was not an issue for the court to decide. The appeals court did not immediately rule.