RECENT IG REPORT ON BIRD STRIKES SHOULD RESULT IN DENIAL OF ZONING REQUEST OF GARBAGE DUMP NEAR LGA—HORRIBLE FOR AVIATION SAFETY

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ARTICLE: Government Audit Proves Bird Strikes On Rise

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The incompatibility of garbage dumps and airports is a known problem. It would seem that the record is adequate to support a zoning board’s decision to preempt such a safety hazard, but the above cited story is a reminder that conflict and controversy still exists with regard to the potential siting of a known risk near LaGuardia.

US Department of Transportation’s Assistant Inspector General Jeffrey B. Guzzetti is the author of a recent report on the subject of the bird strikes and aviation. The data should cause any reasonable zoning commissioner to deny the requested permit. The numbers are compelling-

  • a five-fold increase in bird strikes over the last two decades,
  • in 1990 1,770 were reported, in 2011 the number is 9,840,
  • the result: at least 24 deaths and 235 injuries in the United States since 1988.

Garbage processing plants are not generally welcomed in most neighborhoods and thus the superficial notion of placing this nuisance near an airport has some planning logic—EXCEPT that their proximity is likely to result in aircraft accidents and death.

BAD IDEA NEW YORK; please read the IG’s numbers and deny the zoning request.

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