On July 9, 2019 both the Citizens of the Ebey’s Reserve (“COER”) and the Washington State Attorney General filed lawsuits against the U.S. Navy under the National Environmental Policy Act (“NEPA”). COER thanks Attorney General Robert Ferguson and his outstanding staff, for taking a hard look at the Navy’s EIS and Record of Decision expanding EA18-G “Growler” jet operations at NAS Whidbey, and for unequivocally saying to the Navy that this decision is unreasonably harmful, unsustainable, and contrary to federal law. In filing their NEPA suit, the Attorney General largely validates what COER has been saying for most of the past decade: the Navy decision to base all Growler electronic attack aircraft on Whidbey Island with training over civilian populations, near schools and the hospital, over Ebey’s Reserve, the Olympic National Forest and Park, and Deception Pass State Park, must be reversed.
- COER and the Washington Attorney General also sent the Navy required 60 day demand letters under the federal Endangered Species Act (“ESA”) in preparation for amending their respective NEPA suits to include claims under the ESA.
- COER also filed suit against the Navy under the Freedom Of Information Act (“FOIA”).
- COER’s attorneys are preparing discovery and a motion to seek a preliminary injunction in federal court to stop the Navy from exceeding 6,120 annual operations at the Coupeville OLF (the number of operations the Navy established in its 2005 EA).
- COER’s attorneys are examining any and all other lawsuits that can be brought against the Navy.
What can you do to help?
- Add your voice regarding the impact of Growler noise in your life by using COER’s “Citizen Speak” form.
- Write thank you letters to the Attorney General for supporting COER and the Salish Sea communities;
- Send letters to our elected representatives. See a sample Letter of Thanks here
- Make a donation to COER to help us continue this fight for our communities and our environment. This fight is expensive and we need your help. Donations can be made here.