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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.

On October 22, 2019 the COER and Washington State cases against the U.S. Navy were consolidated by mutual consent.

On October 25, 2019 the defendants filed their answer in the consolidated case.

On November 4, 2019 a scheduling order (see timetable below) was entered by the court; and COER is preparing a motion seeking a Preliminary Injunction to stop Growler training at the Coupeville OLF pending a decision in the NEPA action. 

On February 14, 2020 COER filed a motion for a preliminary injunction asking the court to roll back the EA-18G “Growler” carrier landing practice at Outlying Field (OLF) Coupeville to pre-2019 levels until the court reaches a decision on the merits in the pending federal lawsuit.

Read all of the legal documents here

Timetable pursuant to the Nov. 4, 2019 scheduling order:

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