Joint Base Lewis-McChord training. “A part of the base near Yelm
is often a place for helicopter training, firing ranges and artillery drills.”
Photo credit: Peter Haley, Tacoma News Tribune Staff photographer
– “2-week exercise at JBLM might include nighttime cannons and mortars”
“Exercise will begin Monday”
“Expected to conclude Feb. 23”
“Warmup for upcoming drill in California”
Read more from Adam Ashton, Tacoma News Tribune.
– “Army moving forward with rocket test at JBLM despite protests over noise”
“Boom will be louder than a rock concert for DuPont, Roy, Nisqually”
“Army aims to save money, keep soldiers closer to families”
“Nisqually Tribe opposes rocket test, citing concerns for wildlife and people”
“Joint Base Lewis-McChord plans to proceed with a three-day artillery test in March that will help determine whether the Army can practice firing rockets that have the potential to create sonic booms in the South Sound area.
The practice rockets — 27 rounds to be fired in the week of March 14 — will be especially noticeable to residents in DuPont, Roy, Yelm and the Nisqually reservation.
Soldiers will shoot them from a firing range just east of Interstate 5 near the Nisqually Wildlife Refuge,” quoting Adam Ashton, Tacoma News Tribune.
– “Dangers of Rocket Fuel Chemical Downplayed” from 2005, still pertinent today.
By Rob Stein, Washington Post.
“A chemical from rocket fuel that has seeped into drinking-water supplies nationwide is safe at higher doses than federal environmental officials had concluded, according to a report released yesterday [January 10, 2005].
The chemical, perchlorate, can be ingested safely at doses more than 20 times those deemed safe by the Environmental Protection Agency, an expert panel convened by the National Academy of Sciences concluded.
The conclusion was praised by defense contractors facing potentially billions of dollars in cleanup costs but denounced by environmental activists, who accused the Defense Department, defense industry and White House of exerting undue influence on the panel.