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Topekans curious about loud noise near Goodyear, company denies sounds

Published: Mar. 24, 2021 at 4:07 PM CDT
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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - We spoke with a person who lives in a neighborhood about a mile away from Goodyear -- he said they hear a jet-engine-like sound coming from the plant.

He and his neighbors want it to stop.

Mark Wanamaker lives about a mile away from the Goodyear plant in north Topeka.

“Well here lately, we’ve noticed some really loud, roaring sounds and I liken it to somebody parking a jet engine in my driveway.”

His recorded video has a loud sound in the distance. Wanamaker says he has lived in the neighborhood for six years, he says the noises started happening periodically over the last year or two. But lately, it’s gotten worse so he took a drive around the neighborhood to investigate.

“I found it over at Goodyear. It looked like they were venting a huge amount of steam out of a pipe on the backside of the plant there and it generates an extremely loud noise. I just don’t see much of an excuse for it myself.”

Wanamaker says his attempts to contact Goodyear management have gone nowhere.

We contacted Goodyear Wednesday as well. They sent us a statement saying they are “not aware of any unusually loud noises in the area.”

“There’s a neighborhood group out here on Facebook and there’s a lot of comments about this sound and it’s just loud, it’s annoying, it’s obnoxious.”

Wanamaker hopes they can find a solution to the loud noise soon.

“I would just hope that Goodyear could find a way to muffle the sound on that. There’s got to be a way. With technology today, there’s no need for a big roaring sound like that.”

We have received multiple complaints from viewers for the same noise. We asked Goodyear if they will investigate further now that they’re aware of neighbors’ complaints, but have not heard back.

13 NEWS has had several viewers contact us about a loud noise coming from Goodyear.

We spoke to one resident that lives about a mile away from the plant. Mark Wanamaker compared the sound to that of a jet engine. Wanamaker says he has lived in the neighborhood for six years, and that the noises have only started occurring periodically over the last year or two. But, the last two have been even more obnoxious.

“I would just hope that Goodyear could find a way to muffle the sound on that,” Wanamaker said. “There’s got to be a way. With technology today, there’s no need for a big roaring sound like that.”

Wanamaker says his attempts to contact Goodyear management have gone nowhere. Goodyear did give a response to 13 NEWS, saying they are unaware of any noises in the area:

“All operations at the Goodyear-Topeka plant are normal. We are not aware of any unusually loud noises in the area.”

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