Dept. of Ecology taking comments on Jet proposal


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.


 Ecology taking comments on NAS Whidbey jet proposal

  • Jul 20, 2017

The State Department of Ecology is taking public comments on a proposed increase in jet operations at Whidbey Island Naval Air Station, according to a notice issued Wednesday. Ecology will take comments through Aug. 8.

The Navy proposes increasing the number of EA-18G Growler jets at the base, increasing jet operations and bringing in more personnel. The goal is to expand NAS Whidbey’s electronic attack capabilities.The Navy has proposed adding up to 36 Growlers at the base near Coupeville and Oak Harbor.

An environmental impact statement, or EIS, is in development for the proposal. An EIS outlines potential environmental impacts of a project and recommends mitigation to avoid or limit those impacts. The Navy released a draft EIS Nov. 10 and took public comment through Feb. 24. The Navy plans to complete a final EIS in the fall before making a decision about whether to move forward with the proposal.

Ecology’s role is to determine whether the project meets requirements of the Coastal Zone Management Act under the state’s Coastal Zone Management Program, according to the notice.

To comment, email to or send mail to Department of Ecology – SEA Program, Attn: Federal Permit Coordinator, PO BOX 47600 Olympia, WA 98504.

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