by Linda Sutton
At the Jefferson County Democrats Executive Board meeting Tuesday evening, I reported to the board on the proposed Navy Electromagnetic Radiation Warfare Range to be located in western Jefferson County.
The comment period has already been extended twice, and there is no assurance that there will be an additional extension specifically for Port Townsend.
Michelle Sandoval has said that the Navy planned to have a meeting her; however, it was specifically related to the addition of Growlers on Whidbey. The warfare range and Growlers are two inextricably related issues that the Navy has masterfully compartmentalized and forced the public to comment on separately. (See Navy’s public meeting notice at end of this article.)
The method of entering a comment changed for this extended period and requires people to enter their comments through the website noted. It is important that any letters to the Forest Service be “substantive” and directly address the Environmental Assessment.
Included below are news articles and videos concerning the training area proposed by the Navy and awaiting the final approval of the Forest Service for use of their roads. The articles are in date order. The physical location is in the National Forest immediately adjacent to the Olympic National Park. See maps in articles. Flights would originate from Whidbey Island and go over the North Olympic cities to reach the West End.
The Navy’s environmental assessment for the project:
Public Comment Deadline of November 28, 2014
Those wanting to add their voices need to address “substantive” issues in (and NOT in) the Environmental Assessment. The Forest Service is not interested in anything else. Put the name of the project in heading: PACIFIC NORTHWEST ELECTRONIC WARFARE RANGE. To be part of the process, it is extremely important that you do this NOW to “have standing” which means that you will be able to comment LATER if/when there are appeals concerning the decision.
Here’s the Forest Service paragraph:
Those wishing to provide input and have standing (eligibility) during the future Objection period for this project can be submitted to the project website, http://go.usa.gov/785z, and click on the “Comment on Project” link on the right side. If you have any questions regarding the details of this proposal or have comments, please contact Greg Wahl at (360) 956-2375.
We suggest that you also email to Greg Wahl at email@example.com or send to Wahl at 1835 Black Lake Blvd. S.W., Olympia, WA 98512. Please focus on the environmental assessment in your comments to them.
To read the most comprehensive article on the topic to-date, please see local OP resident and journalist Dahr Jamail’s well-researched article on Truthout.org, a national independent news and commentary website:
More articles on our website at Jefferson County Democrats.
Please also visit the Facebook page for: Protect Olympic Peninsula.
A public meeting is scheduled in Port Townsend to discuss proposal to add 36 Growlers at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island – Thursday, December 4th at 3:00 PM at the Fort Worden Commons.