Skip to comments.South Korea to spend $300,000 to study aircraft noise
Posted on 08/13/2005 11:38:49 PM PDT by Jet Jaguar
PYONGTAEK, South Korea South Korean authorities plan tests to gauge how U.S. military aircraft noise might be affecting the health of South Koreans near two bases in the Pyongtaek region, officials said.
South Koreas Ministry of National Defense will spend about $300,000 on the tests outside Osan Air Base and Camp Humphreys. It will use the results to gauge where to eventually install noise abatement barriers.
The tests come as part of a U.S.-South Korea agreement under which the U.S. military will relocate its forces from Seoul and points north to Camp Humphreys, said Han Sang-ho, a Pyongtaek City official involved in the relocation effort.
The U.S. military plans to turn Camp Humphreys into its main base on the peninsula by 2008.
Testing will run from late this month to February, Han said.
Officials will test effects of aircraft noise and vibration at 60 locations near Osan Air Base and 40 near Camp Humphreys, Han said.
The U.S. military reportedly will aid the study by providing information about the path and frequency of its flights to and from the bases, Han said.
Also planned are medical check-ups on 2,000 people living near the bases.
Officials will check residents hearing, cardiovascular condition, and stress levels 20 items in all and monitor each over a two-month period starting later this month, Han said.
Officials at U.S. Forces Korea headquarters in Seoul and at Osan Air Base and Camp Humphreys had no immediate information Friday on the noise study or the U.S. militarys reported role in it.
In a related matter, Camp Humphreys officials have begun working on ways to ease aircraft noise, Clarence F. Slawson, deputy to the Camp Humphreys commander, said Friday.
Weve received notices from the local government requesting that we look at instituting some type of noise abatement to accommodate the local residents from some of the noise that comes from the airfield, he said.
Col. Michael J. Taliento Jr., Area III Support Activity commander, will meet with local officials here in the near future to discuss the issue, Slawson said.
If they pay me the money, I'll have a report on their desk for them in an hour...
Essentially - airplane noise definitely raises stress levels, reduces hearing efficacy, and only marginally affects structures... marginally, and not permanently.
Now where's my check?
$300,000, crisakes, you can't even let an RFP for that in this country. Drive out, listen, Yup its noisy, go home.
I hope the ingrates get exactly what they want--no US presence and the chance to eat the bark off of trees under lil Kim Jong-Il's rule.
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