Wednesday, May 6, 2009
Gary not a fan of College Point garbage plan
BIRD RISK IN LGA TRASH
By BILL SANDERSON, NY Post
A proposed trash-transfer station across Flushing Bay from La Guardia Airport would be a dangerous bird magnet, and should not be built, a Queens lawmaker said [Sunday].
Rep. Gary Ackerman (D-Queens) says the downing of US Airways Flight 1549 in January by a flock of geese shows how dangerous the plan is. "I'm hoping they are going to revisit the issue and revoke the permit," he said. "They have the ability on the state level to stop it."
The city Sanitation Department is already weighing contractors' proposals to build the transfer station.
The state Department of Environmental Conservation says it is treating the complaints about the facility as a request to reconsider the station's permits. But the DEC and government agencies concerned with air safety show little interest in revisiting the issue.
The city, the Port Authority and the Federal Aviation Administration remain committed to the transfer station.