Hawks badly burned by new Meadowlands landfill flame; gas flare installed without barrier

Red-Tailed Hawk

SCOTT FALLON / NORTHJERSEY.COM – A system that burns landfill gas to reduce noxious fumes from a Meadowlands dumping ground has had an unintended but familiar consequence: It has badly singed birds that have gotten too close to the invisible flames.

At least two red-tailed hawks had almost all of their feathers singed off in recent weeks from a newly installed gas flare at the Keegan Landfill in Kearny.

It has angered birders, who say the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority, which runs the landfill, should have installed a barrier around the flame because the same thing happened a few years ago at another of its landfills …

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