Environmental Impact Statement on B-21 released

 Artist rendering of the new B-21 bomber
Artist rendering of the new B-21 bomber (WAGM)
Published: Oct. 13, 2020 at 7:51 PM MDT
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RAPID CITY, S.D. (KEVN) -As Ellsworth Air Force Base prepares for the B-21 “Raider,” the Air Force is hosting a series of public hearings on the Environmental Impact Statement from the new aircraft.

The meeting showed some possible construction sites on the base and a noise impact summary, which the Air Force says will lead to a 72% decrease in acres of land exposed to noise levels.

Also, an approximate 82% decrease in people exposed to noise as the B-21 is implemented, and the B-1 is phased out.

As for Air Quality, the only air emissions that would increase at Ellsworth would be Nitrogen Oxides that would go up by 1.6%

The B-21 generally flies higher than B-1′s, so the visibility of the aircraft would also decrease.

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