A group of nearly 40 residents voiced concerns with a proposal by the Air Force to conduct close air support training for F-15 fighter aircraft over Boise and eight other urban centers in Idaho, during a public scoping meeting on Wednesday. Other than Boise, the training sites are considered small and medium areas, including Mountain Home and Mountain Home AFB. The citizens said they were concerned about noise, the potential to see the aircraft and possible health effects from the training, which would take place 10,000 to 15,000 feet above ground and involve the use of invisible lasers, reported the Idaho Statesman. … The Navy is providing water to residents near Naval Air Station Whidbey Island’s Ault Field after elevated levels of contaminants stemming from the use of firefighting foam were found in three wells. Officials now are focused on testing wells within a half-mile of a landfill near Ault Field where the base disposed of firefighting agent, reported the Skagit Valley Herald. The Navy also plans to construct a water filter system to protect the water supply used by the town of Coupeville, which is near an outlying landing field used by the base in northwest Washington.
Idaho Statesman photo by Michael Katz