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IMPORTANT ACTION DEADLINE!

Send your comments on the proposed Navy plan to bring more jets to Whidbey Island BY AUGUST 8.

Below is an article from the Skagit Valley Herald that has more details.

BE HEARD! SEND YOUR COMMENTS!

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Patty Murray - Mattis - Water Contamination

Last week, Senator Patty Murray brought up groundwater contamination in WA to United States Secretary of Defense Mattis during a Senate hearing:

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Navy Foam - PFOA -PFOS - Water Contamination

Navy Foam - PFOA -PFOS - Water Contamination

Navy personnel load containers of firefighting foam on containers labeled National Foam onto the USS Monterey. -photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Billy Ho

 

The PFOS/PFOA water contamination, largely by the US military, is widespread. The more information that comes out, the more we find that this was preventable, and it is nearly everywhere.

The Bucks County Courier Times in Pennsylvania has been keeping up on this issue with sophisticated and detailed reporting, largely due to the skilled efforts of reporter Kyle Bagenstose. You can read all their articles on the subject HERE under the series title “Unwell Water”, and they are only just getting started.

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Navy Reports: Pilot Deaths Due to Oxygen Failure in Jets

Navy Reports: Pilot Deaths Due to Oxygen Failure in Jets

This is an issue that should concern everyone, regardless of the political view they have of Navy jet flights. We don’t want pilots to die, and we don’t want pilots to fuzz out or black out while flying over residential areas.

The article was written by CNN and the entire thing can be read there. Here is an excerpt:


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Jet Training Schedule - FCLP - OLF and Ault Field - June 11-17 2017

No sleep for Monday through Wednesday…

There has been a change to aircraft carrier-based flight training for aircraft stationed at NAS Whidbey Island for Tuesday, June 13, 2017. Aircraft carrier-based flight training is now scheduled late morning to early afternoon. Late afternoon operations for Tuesday are cancelled.

Next week’s scheduled for Coupeville follows below. 

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Here is an article by Crosscut about how the Navy contaminated Whidbey Island’s water sources and what is happening (or not happening) as more information about the scope of the damage is revealed. (continue reading…)

 

 

We’ve received this press release from Navy Region Northwest, concerning upcoming outreach meetings for proposed Naval Special Operations Training in the area.

If you have questions concerning these proposed activities, be sure to read the following material and contact them either at the meetings or via email or snail mail (they list this at the bottom of the press release.)

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Kilmer Questions Navy Jet Training

Washington Rep. Derek Kilmer (D-6th District) sent off several letters requesting more information about the Navy’s plans concerning the Growler, and how it impacts the environment and his constituency.

In each of his letters, he began: “Given your agency’s mission, I request assistance in further understanding your recent and ongoing efforts impacting Washington’s Sixth Congressional District. Like many of my neighbors, I want my kids, and their kids to enjoy the pristine environment that I have been privileged to experience.”

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Oxygen Deprivation Risk Rising in Growler Jets

An article by CNN describes the dangerous defects inherent in several jets, including the Growler. Do we really want increased flights over our heads with “a growing number of incidents” of oxygen deprivation amongst Growler pilots? While there has always been a risk of accidents with all aircraft training over Whidbey Island, it seems the likelihood is actually increasing.

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The Hidden Costs of NASWI - Whidbey Island

COER has paved the way for other groups throughout the region and on Whidbey Island.

We take pride in our efforts that have supported emerging groups to challenge the Navy’s new and extensive militarization of our communities in Puget Sound: Quiet Skies of Lopez, STOP and POP in the Olympics, the Coupeville Community Allies, the Sustainable Economic Collaborative, The Whidbey Water Keepers, and the Pacific West Coast Alliance, now made up of eleven groups throughout Puget Sound.

We feel validated by The National Park Service that did a six-week Acoustic Study over the Reserve that supported COER’s two independent Noise Studies of real sound in real locations in Central Whidbey. Civilian societies require active citizens to maintain their freedoms.

In 2016, a diverse group of residents of Island County, Washington, with both civilian and military backgrounds, came together to investigate the opportunities and obstacles to building a thriving, just, and sustainable local economy.

They understood that economies like Island County’s that depend on a single large employer—in their case, the US Navy—appear to be strong but actually are quite vulnerable to forces beyond their control. Previous published works had focused on gross wages paid by the Navy, but many other questions were not being asked:

  1. How much of the Navy’s activity was flowing back into the local economy through sales and property taxes, and through purchasing from local suppliers?
  2. What kinds of burdens was the Navy placing on taxpayer-supported services and infrastructure, including schools?
  3. How were existing Navy programs and proposed expansions affecting local health and property values?

To read Invisible Costs by Michael Shuman, find the report by the SEC at: http://sustainable-economy-collaborative.com.

 

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