Expanding AirspaceMontana's U.S. senators say they oppose plans to extend an Air Force training area into a large portion of the eastern part of the state.
By: Associated Press, WDAZ
HELENA, Mont. (AP) - Montana's U.S. senators say they oppose plans to extend an Air Force training area into a large portion of the eastern part of the state.
The Air Force's plan would quadruple the airspace in which it conducts training exercises with its B-1 and B-52 bombers stationed in North and South Dakota.
Democratic Sens. Max Baucus and Jon Tester say in a letter to the Air Force secretary and chief of staff Tuesday that the expansion presents safety risks, would disrupt air traffic and would risk damaging the artifacts at the Little Big Horn National Battlefield.
U.S. Rep. Denny Rehberg says the Air Force has extended its comment period until Jan. 20.
Rehberg says many ranchers, pilots and others are just learning about the proposed expansion and have not yet had time to comment.