Judge grounds Mountain Home AFB urban training plans in Idaho

BOISE, Idaho — The U.S. Air Force violated environmental laws by not adequately studying how noise from military jets coordinating exercises with plain-clothed airmen on the ground in Idaho could harm humans and wildlife, a judge has ruled.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Candy Dale ruled last week that the Air Force must conduct a more thorough study, called an environmental impact statement, before the training exercises can resume in nine urban centers.