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Wednesday, February 22, 2012 - 6:00am

Birds Could Doom Waste Station

Updated: 2 years ago.
Cobb County's planning commission in December had recommended approving a new waste transfer station near the Fulton County Airport. But Rob Hosack, Cobb County's community development director, said the planning department will probably change its recommendation after a study expressed concerns about birds attracted to the site and their impact on nearby aircraft. (Photo Courtesy of sv-timemachine.net.)

The threat of bird strikes to aircraft could doom plans for a waste transfer station in metro Atlanta.

The Marietta Daily Journal reported a Federal Aviation Administration study has led to concerns about a waste project planned for the Mableton area in Cobb County. At issue is the waste station's proximity to the Fulton County Airport at Charlie Brown Field.

Bird-attracting garbage dumps can be a threat to aviation since bird strikes can cause aircraft accidents.

Cobb County's planning commission in December had recommended approval of the project.

But Rob Hosack, Cobb County's community development director, said the planning department will probably change its recommendation. The matter was scheduled to be taken up at a Tuesday zoning meeting, but has been delayed until at least April.

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