Last year, “Miracle on the Hudson” pilot Sully Sullenberger opined that expanding Forward Landfill might be a bad idea because of its proximity to the Stockton Metropolitan Airport.
Sullenberger, of course, knows a thing or two about bird strikes after he was forced to ditch a U.S. Airways jet in the Hudson River in 2009.
“We can’t rely on miracles to solve systemic deficiencies such as allowing bird attracting activities near airports,” Sullenberger wrote, urging county supervisors to deny the expansion.
Now Forward’s recently released final EIR contains its extremely brief response to Sullenberger: “The commenter’s opinions are noted.”
Forward referred Sullenberger to another section of the EIR in which expansion proponents argue that risk of bird strikes has been overstated.
“In the 58 years that the landfill and airport have co-existed, the airport has never contacted the landfill with complaints about bird/aircraft safety issues,” the document says.