Where We Stand: 9/11, Six Years Later

9/11 by the Numbers

2,974 were killed Sept. 11, 2001 (Source: 9/11 Commission Report.)

The collapse of the Twin Towers brought 200,000 tons of steel, 600,000 square feet of window glass, 5,000 tons of asbestos, 12,000 miles of electric cables and 425,000 cubic yards of concrete crashing down into lower Manhattan (Source: New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene & Agency for Toxic Substance and Disease Registry, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services)

The combustion produced a toxic cauldron of concrete dust, glass fibers and cancer-causing asbestos, as well as particles of lead, chlorine, antimony, aluminum, magnesium, iron, zinc and calcium. About 24,000 gallons of jet fuel and burning plastics released carcinogens including dioxins, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, polychlorinated biphenyls and polychlorinated furins (Source: 2004 analysis published in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives)


97 percent of victims' families filed claims with the Sept. 11 Victims Compensation Fund

The Victim Compensation Fund has paid out $5.99 billion to 2,880 families of 9/11 victims and more than $1 billion to 2,680 people who were injured (mostly for respiratory illness), including $626 million to more than 1,300 injured firefighters. Eligibility for fund money for physical injuries was restricted to those who were at the WTC or Pentagon at the time of the attack or rescue workers who were there within 96 hours after the attack (Source: Victim Compensation Fund Final Report)

Approximately 13 families of 9/11 victims have never sought any compensation. They have never filed with the compensation fund and have never filed lawsuits. (Source: Sept. 11 Victim Compensation Fund special master Kenneth Feinberg)


Forty-one lawsuits on behalf of 42 people either killed or injured in the attack remain ongoing in federal court in Manhattan against the airlines and security companies. Nearly 53 similar lawsuits have led to settlements, though the settlement figures are sealed. One was dismissed. (Source: federal court documents)

More than 11,000 people have filed lawsuits against New York City, the Port Authority and dozens of private companies for negligence in exposing them to dust and debris. These cases are consolidated in Manhattan federal court, but have not been certified a class action. (Source: law firms Worby, Groner, Edelman; Napoli, Bern, Ripka; Sullivan Papain Block McGrath & Cannavo)

Legal action related to 9/11 against New York City has spiked in the last year. About 3,361 new notices of claim — the first step in a lawsuit — were filed in fiscal year 2007, ending June 30, 2007. That's nearly three times the number of claims filed in fiscal year 2006, 1,123. About 361 were filed in fiscal 2005, and 55 the previous fiscal year (Source: office of New York City Comptroller William Thompson)

The New York Environmental Law & Justice Project is at the forefront of an ongoing federal lawsuit against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and former EPA administrator Christie Todd Whitman. The lawsuit alleges that Whitman made materially misleading statements about the air quality in and around ground zero. (Source: federal court documents)

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