The Palo Alto City Council took airport property off the list of potential sites for a compost facility on Oct. 19. The city will look for other suitable sites that will not negatively impact airport operations at California’s Palo Alto Airport.
AOPA had alerted the FAA to the proposed compost facility site on four acres of airport property and asked the agency to oppose the plan. The FAA weighed in earlier in October, explaining that locating a garbage composting facility on airport property would violate the airport sponsor’s grant assurance obligations.
“The city’s decision to not build the compost facility on airport property is a huge win for the local airport advocates and Palo Alto Airport Association who spearheaded the effort to protect the airport,” said Bill Dunn, AOPA vice president of local airport advocacy. “This is a perfect example of what an active local airport association can do.
AOPA staff and Airport Support Network volunteer Bob Lenox worked with the local pilots, but it wouldn’t have been possible without their quick action. It is truly the pilots at the local level who make a difference.”