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NEW YORK (AP) - Opponents of a garbage plant near New York's LaGuardia Airport say their cause has gained strength with a new Department of Transportation audit report criticizing the Federal Aviation Administration for not taking airplane bird strikes more seriously.

A report issued last week said the FAA oversight and enforcement efforts to control birds were insufficient.

Planes can be crippled by hitting birds, like when U.S. Airways Flight 1549 lost both engines shortly after takeoff from LaGuardia but landed safely in the Hudson River.

The president of the Friends of LaGuardia Airport group said Monday he has asked a federal appeals court in Manhattan to consider the report in deciding issues related to the garbage plant. The group is fighting a solid waste transfer station being built near one of LaGuardia's runways.

The FAA hasn't returned a message seeking comment.

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