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Va. Residents Voice Concerns Over Navy Proposals At NASA Wallops

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WALLOPS ISALND, Va. -  The Navy held an open meeting, answering questions about their environmental assessment.

The noise levels of E-2C/D Hawkeye and C-2A Greyhound are just one of the many concerns locals have with a new proposal at NASA Wallops Island.  It could send 20,000 naval aircrafts to the flight facility.

"Some people may fly right over their house," said Buzz Williams, a Captains Cove, Va. board of director.  "It's a give and take situation and we're here just to get educated on it." 

"That's a lot of planes going over, a lot of noise," said Mary Back, a resident of Captains Cove.

Thursday, experts were on hand, speaking with concerned Virginians.  Attempting to dispel any misconceptions.

"I can tell you having flown in them and having lived around them that the E-2/C and C-2 are very quiet relative to fighter aircraft," said Cmdr. Michael Bobulinski.   

Based off of the Naval noise calculations, an E-2 at 600 feet in the air is five decibels louder than an alarm clock at three feet.    

But softer than a motorcycle, a siren and even a F-A-18 Jet.

Officials understand that noise is a concern for most citizens and are asking them to patiently wait while they come up with a solution.

The Navy held two meetings: at Emporia-Greensville Regional Airport and at Wallops.     Residents have until October 5th to voice concerns and opinions.    

Then, the Navy will consider these before publishing the EA in Jan. 2013.

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