Public comment period extended to Jan. 31 for Whidbey Island Growler airfield operations

Peninsula Daily News

PORT TOWNSEND — The Navy has extended the deadline for public comment for an environmental impact statement on EA-18G Growler airfield operations on Whidbey Island until Jan. 31.

The previous deadline, Jan. 3., didn’t provide enough time for people to comment, according to Port Townsend City officials.

“We are glad that they have extended the deadline until the end of January but it is now the middle of January so the extension wasn’t particularly generous,” said Port Townsend Mayor David King.

“So it’s good news these comments will be allowed.:

The comment period began Sept. 5 and was longer than usual, U.S. Fleet Forces Command spokesman Ted Brown said earlier this month.

The comment period duration was extended due to the governmental shutdown, according to a press release.

Meetings to take testimony in preparation of the environmental impact statement, or EIS, took place in Oak Harbor, Coupeville and Anacortes in December, but no meeting was scheduled on the North Olympic Peninsula or at any other location.

Jet noise from the Naval Air Station Whidbey Island prompted complaints from neighbors. The noise at the Outlying Landing Field in Coupeville could be heard in Port Townsend and other areas of the North Olympic Peninsula.

An EIS will be prepared for the proposed introduction of two additional expeditionary Electronic Attack squadrons and the addition of aircraft to the Fleet Replacement Squadron, said Mike Welding, NAS Whidbey Island spokesman.

To submit comments by mail write to EA-18G EIS Project Manager (Code EV21/SS), Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Atlantic, 6506 Hampton Blvd, Norfolk, VA 23508. Comments for the EIS also can be submitted on www.whidbeyeis.com.

Noise complaints can be made on a form at http://tinyurl.com/pdn-wi
comment-pdf. After completing the form, email to comments.NASWI@navy.mil.

There also is a comment line at 360-257-6665 and an email address at comments.NASWI@navy.mil.

All other questions can be directed to the NAS Whidbey Island Public Affairs Office at 360-257-2286.

Last modified: January 13. 2014 6:37PM
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