Federal panel OKs trash site by LaGuardia

Vince Coglianese Contributor
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A trash facility being built next to New York’s LaGuardia Airport is drawing outrage from pilots who say the garbage will attract birds — and increase the risk of another emergency like the “Miracle on the Hudson.”

A federal panel of experts has given its blessing to the trash site, where New York City garbage will be transferred from trucks to barges in sealed containers. The massive amount of trash will be less than half a mile from the airport where a US Airways jet took off last year, struck a flock of geese and glided to a Hudson River water landing.

“It’s just simply not a smart place to put it,” said Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger, the retired “Miracle on the Hudson” pilot. “I’m not opposed to these kinds of facilities, just not within 2,206 feet of one of the nation’s busiest runways.”

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