New noise study planned for Grissom base

PERU, Ind. (AP): A noise study being planned at northern Indiana's Grissom Air Reserve Base could end up allowing more nearby residential development.

The study will analyze the amount of air traffic at the base and the noise produced by those planes.

Grissom spokesman Mark Orders-Woempner tells the Kokomo Tribune that the Federal Aviation Administration deemed a 1-mile radius was incompatible with residential development because of the noise found in a 1995 study.

That could change with the new study since the base had 40 military aircraft in 1995, but now has only 16 KC-135 Stratotanker refueling planes.

Civilian air traffic has increased during that time, with a jet-painting company and other businesses using the runway at the base about midway between South Bend and Indianapolis.