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Neighbors of Military Base Battling Dust and Noise

Military bases with neighboring residential areas face the challenge of running daily operations while limiting disturbance to local communities. A major aspect of this challenge is reducing the amount of dust emerging from convoys and helicopters that can potentially harm the air quality.

As residential development continues to grow in Helena and move closer to Fort Harrison, it’s important for officials to consider taking proactive measures to ensure that Helena civilians’ quality of life is not hindered by nearby military operations.

Recently, a federal grant was awarded to Lewis and Clark County, Mont., to fund a Joint Land Use Study which will determine the rapport between the Fort Harrison military base and its surrounding residential communities. The study will evaluate compatibility factors such as land use, safety and noise.

Protecting Neighbors of Military Operations

As residential development continues to grow in Helena and move closer to Fort Harrison, it’s important for officials to consider taking proactive measures to ensure that Helena civilians’ quality of life is not hindered by nearby military operations.

One precautionary step Fort Harrison can take to ensure minimal disturbance to Helena’s new subdivision residents is dust control, which can be accomplished with the help of Soilworks’ dust control products such as Durasoil and Soiltac. Every day, these unique solutions are utilized by military organizations including the U.S. Department of Defense, United Nations and Allied Forces.

How Soilworks Can Help

Durasoil has proven to be safer than many other alternatives in regards to the reduction of sand ejecta and the control of foreign object debris and dust. Soilworks products have been tested and utilized in the harshest and most trying of conditions in military facilities at home and abroad.

The military utilizes Soilworks products in numerous locations to mitigate a variety of possible hazards:

  • Helipad & Airfield Foreign Object Debris Control

  • FARP & Landing Zone Stabilization & Dust Control

  • Lines of Communication Road Dust Suppression

  • Foreign Object Debris Stabilization & Dust Suppression

  • Rapid Airfield Construction of Unimproved Runways and Aprons:

  • Target Range Colorization & Dust Control

Soiltac is the U.S. Department Of Defense’s long-standing stabilizer of choice for controlling dust and strengthening soil. Hazardous brownouts generated from helicopter rotor-wash on landing zones are minimized through the application of Soiltac.

The United Nations depends on Soiltac around the globe to build strong dust free unpaved roads, runways, and peacekeeper camps. Soiltac also serves as the foundation of highly durable perimeter ditches and berm barriers to protect peacekeeping camps.

Durasoil dust suppressant is easily applied by military crews with basic fuel transfer and fire suppression equipment, allowing it  to be a simple and reliable solution. Durasoil synthetic fluid is also used to control dust in and around base camps and to treat against insects. Not only is Durasoil preventing hazards, but also improving soldiers’ quality of life when abroad.

Soilworks products are used frequently in bases and training areas around the United States. The Soiltac dust control agent reduces sand ejecta that may contain hazardous depleted uranium and lead. The agent is also utilized in a variety of colored pigments for target recognition and practice.

The effects of Soilworks products can be found around the globe helping solve problems in even the harshest of environments. To find out more about how Soilworks can help you, visit http://soilworks.com.

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Source: http://helenair.com/news/politics/city-county/mapping-a-strategy-land-use-study-looks-to-avoid-conflicts/article_b7f8f0d0-1a43-5e13-a1ad-9db26faa6135.html.