Queens residents voiced their opposition Thursday to a plan that would put a waste transfer station near LaGuardia Airport.
During Thursday's town hall meeting, many said they feared the facility would attract large birds that could strike planes arriving and departing the airport.
"LaGuardia has one of the worst congestion and delay problems in the world with respect to aircraft and the transfer station will restrict the Port Authority's ability to address those issues," said Steve Taber, an attorney for Friends of LaGuardia.
"Bird strikes can bring down aircraft," said Jim Hall, a former head of the National Transportation Safety Board. "We've had two recent examples with bird strikes with Secretary Clinton's plane as well as the Vice President's. They are a threat."
The proposed North Shore Marine Transfer Station would be built at least 2,000 feet from the nearest runways.
Supporters say the facility is necessary and will help the city move its trash more efficiently.