From the NY Post:
Birdbrained federal bigwigs quietly shrunk the safety zone around a high-traffic La Guardia Airport runway to make way for a massive trash facility -- a bird magnet that will put airliners on a crash course with engine-clogging fowl, The Post has learned.
By secretly reducing the zone, officials will allow flocks of garbage-grubbing birds to swarm within a half-mile of the runway -- setting up another possible "Miracle on the Hudson" that may not have such a happy ending.
The zone switch, made possible by the Federal Aviation Administration, was revealed in an explosive court case contesting the 100-foot-tall trash-transfer station set to open in 2013.
The "protection zone" around La Guardia's Runway 31 used to extend 2,500 feet across Flushing Bay, taking in the city's proposed trash-transfer station site in College Point and therefore preventing its construction.
But 800 feet were mysteriously chopped from the zone by FAA execs, allowing the Department of Sanitation's trash station to be built just outside its boundary, documents in the court case before the US 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals show.