A panel of aviation experts trashed the city at a recent town hall meeting for not dumping a nearly completed waste transfer station project they say would be detrimental to the safety of fliers and quality of life for Queens residents.
“It’s just an accident waiting to happen,” said Jack Friedman, executive director of the Queens Chamber of Commerce, at the September 20 meeting held at the Flushing Library. “It would be a tremendous, tremendous mistake to keep on going. Just because we started doesn’t mean we can’t stop it.”
The North Shore Marine Transfer station, currently under construction in College Point, is close to three-quarters done, with expected completion in 2013, officials said. But nearing the eleventh hour, critics say the project — located approximately 2,206 feet away from one of two major runways at LaGuardia Airport — still should never have been approved.
“The North Shore Marine Transfer Station will endanger all who fly here and all who live here,” said James Hall, a former head of the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB). “Why has the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) allowed this to happen? We don’t know and they won’t say.”
Hall joined a nine-member panel of experts who called for Mayor Michael Bloomberg and City Council Speaker Christine Quinn to pull the plug on the project.