Thursday, March 1, 2012
Question over FAA requirements on College Point station
From the NY Post:
City Hall and the feds are overlooking rules meant to keep airplanes safe from birds in their planning of a controversial trash facility, activists say.
Three years after a bird-struck airliner splash-landed in the Hudson River, the city has not sought the OK required by federal law to build a bird-magnet trash-transfer station on the Upper East Side, says air-safety advocate Ken Paskar.
And the feds are deliberately overlooking the Bloomberg administration’s lapse, Paskar says.
Because the project on the East River at East 91st Street is less than five miles from La Guardia Airport and two Manhattan heliports, it needs Federal Aviation Administration approval, according to Paskar’s reading of federal rules.
The rules clearly say those planning trash facilities near airports “must establish convincingly” to the FAA that they will be built and operated in a way that won’t attract birds.
But the city never sought the FAA’s approval for the site, which won’t be fully enclosed — and thus could attract birds, Paskar explained.
City and FAA officials say Paskar’s interpretation of the laws and regulations about any FAA approval is simply wrong.