West Lake Clean-Up May Have Interesting Consequences for Lambert Airport

Kevin Killeen
February 07, 2018 - 9:01 am
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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - If the plan to dig up the West Lake Landfill goes through, could it attract a lot of birds? 

That's a concern at St. Louis Lambert International Airport -- that flocks of birds might fly around the nearby landfill and get sucked into jet engines.

"We've always said we aren't the experts on what should be done at that site. Our concern has always been the flight safety path of our passengers. So the EPA has come out with a recommended decision, and then there's a period right now for comments," says Airport Director Rhonda Hamm-Niebruegge.

Hamm-Niebruegge says she's not against the dig-up, but just wants to make sure it's done in a way to minimize the bird problem. 

Later Wednesday, the airport will be releasing numbers on flight and passenger totals for 2017. The airport director says it was a good year.