Idaho Lawsuit Filed over Proposed Air Force Training Program

An A-10 Thunderbolt II from the 124th Fighter Wing poses for a picture after the first significant snow of the season at Gowen Field, Boise, Idaho on Dec. 2, 2018. (U.S. Air National Guard photo/Joshua C. Allmaras)
An A-10 Thunderbolt II from the 124th Fighter Wing poses for a picture after the first significant snow of the season at Gowen Field, Boise, Idaho on Dec. 2, 2018. (U.S. Air National Guard photo/Joshua C. Allmaras)

NAMPA, Idaho — The U.S. Air Force faces a lawsuit intended to halt training exercises over nine cities in southern Idaho.

The Idaho Press reported Wednesday that the complaint was filed Monday by Boise residents and the environmental organization Great Old Broads for Wilderness.

The newspaper reports the Air Force last year proposed the urban air and ground training project that could include up to 160 annual "training events" involving military personnel dressed as civilians communicating with aircraft overhead.

The lawsuit lists potential hazards and says the Air Force did not do enough to inform the public or municipalities about its plans.

Military officials say a November assessment found the training would have no significant environmental impact.

A call by the newspaper to the Air Force seeking comment was not immediately returned.

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