– “Nisqually Tribe relieved by Army’s decision not to test rockets at JBLM”
“News that Joint Base Lewis-McChord won’t become a permanent training site for the booming High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems, or HIMARS, brought relief to the neighboring Nisqually Tribe.”
“The tribe unsuccessfully tried to stop the firing of practice HIMARS rockets at JBLM for three days in September. When that didn’t work, tribal officials vowed to continue fighting against JBLM becoming home to regular testing of the rockets, which have the potential to create a sonic boom.
On Thursday [March 2], JBLM announced that Army leaders have decided to not pursue further environmental study on the training site proposal. In September, 27 reduced-range practice round or RRPR rockets were fired on JBLM as part of a noise study,” quoting Lisa Pemberton, The Olympian.
– Editor’s Note:
JBLM base commander Col. Daniel S. Morgan was here last month and spoke of renewing relationships with local neighbors such as Yelm. This decision underscores that commitment.
– “How Much Noise Can a Person Survive?
Navy Jets Plague the Lives of Washington Residents”
“The EPA sets community noise standards at 70dBA. Washington State has stricter standards and lists the maximum allowable noise in a residential setting at 55dBA, with the limit going down to 45dBA between 10 pm and 7 am.
To provide an idea of relative loudness of sounds: A vacuum cleaner is 70 decibels, heavy truck traffic is around 80 decibels, a chainsaw is 90 decibels, and being within approximately 100 feet of a jet engine is 140 decibels. Exposure to 140 decibels may cause immediate and permanent hearing damage or loss, as well as bleeding from the ears.
But the Navy’s warplanes are regularly exposing US citizens living and working underneath their flight patterns to levels of more than 80dBA in their homes, and even more than 130dBA on their porches,” by Dahr Jamail, Truthout.