Boise airport officials in a press release have claimed support from the Federal Aviation Administration for a recently approved noise plan at the facility. The FAA RECORD is full of acronyms and references.
Long time opponent of noisy F-15 and F-35 fighters being based in Boise, Monty Mericle offered up the following report based on the FAA record and subsequent Boise Airport PRESS RELEASE. Mericle paints a picture of residences being purchased for a total amount well in excess of $100 MILLION!
By MONTY MERICLE
The FAA already approved (in June) the Boise Airport Part 150 Study noise models that their consultant created. All those models assume that the A-10s will be scrapped as soon as the Air Force can get rid of them. That has already started and they will be gone before 2020. The only replacement options being pursued, and therefore modeled by the Boise Airport and their consultant are either a squadron of F-15s in the near term (2020), or a squadron of F-35s as soon as the Air Force can get them here (2023).
This just announced final FAA approval phase is for the submitted noise mitigation options. Of the 13 options put forward by the Boise Airport, 7 were approved and 6 were disapproved. The only approved option with any real impact is mitigation #7, buying and demolishing 105 houses in the “Not Suitable For Residential Use” zone at the end of Roosevelt, south of Pasadena. At $230,000 per home, this could cost up to $25,000,000.
But the FAA-approved Part 150 Study also assumes a squadron of F-15s will be here by 2020, and that will force the reclassification of 419 homes as NSFRU. It is reasonable to assume those homes will also be bought and demolished, at a cost of $96,000,000.
And if the F-35s arrive by 2023 with twice the loudness as the F-15s, the number of NSFRU homes is pushed to over 1,200. All this for 18 to 24 warplanes? This is madness.
I find it ironic that just as the FAA has approved this plan, the Alberstons Open Golf Tournament is about to start at Hillcrest Golf Couse. Does anyone know or care that F-35s flying out of the Boise Airport will produce sound levels at the Hillcrest clubhouse above the ear pain threshold, and that exposure to that level of sound for more than 8 seconds will cause permanent hearing damage (National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health)? But maybe the Airport and Air Force will avoid flying during the golf tournaments to avoid inconveniencing any golfers, and save their noise for the residents and school children who will be living in the NSFRU zone for years to come.
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