Citizens of Ebey’s Reserve sponsors jet noise forum today in Port Townsend

Peninsula Daily News

PORT TOWNSEND — A group opposed to Navy jet operations on Whidbey Island’s Outlying Landing Field will sponsor a public meeting on the impact of jet noise on health today.

The meeting begins at 6 p.m. at the Cotton Building, 607 Water St.

It is sponsored by Citizens of Ebey’s Reserve, a Whidbey Island-based group that seeks to close the landing field and move its operations to another location.

The meeting is four days before the end of the extended public comment period for an environmental impact statement for EA-18G Growler airfield operations at NAS Whidbey Island’s Ault Field and Outlying Landing Field Coupeville.

The document will consider adding two expeditionary electronic attack squadrons and aircraft to the Fleet Replacement Squadron.

Jet noise from the Naval Air Station Whidbey Island has 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.

It is not known if Navy representatives will attend.

The comment period began Sept. 5 and was extended to Friday.

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 also can be submitted at 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.

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