August 11, 2014 · 12:18 PM Whidbey News Times story
Congressman Rick Larsen, Coupville Mayor Nancy Conard and Commissioner Helen Price Johnson are asking the Navy to gather additional public input on the basing of EA-18G Growlers.
The Growlers, which are only based out of Whidbey Island Naval Air Station, have drawn criticism from residents who claim the electronic attack aircraft are louder and more disruptive.
The Navy announced last month that they were reconsidering the number of Growlers that would be based at NAS Whidbey. An Environmental Impact Statement was started last year examining the effects of the Growlers on Whidbey and surrounding areas.
“We’ve listened to our constituents, and it is clear that any change to the number of Growlers on Whidbey Island will impact this community and their interactions with the base,” reads the joint statement. “We know our constituents will want to engage with the Navy in this process to discuss community impacts and to propose potential mitigation options.
“Today we call on the Navy to re-open the comment and scoping process of their EA-18G Environmental Impact Study so that they can hear concerns and comments from the public about potential basing decisions. Additionally, a timeline for the amended EIS process should be published well in advance, so hard-working people can be certain that they are able to participate.”