Here we go again:Navy holds public meetings far from the affected people.


You would think that they Navy should have learned from that last situation of being forced to hold additional meetings in PT and the San Juans.   Now we have to do the asking all over again. The impacts on this supplemental EIS will influence fishing and also the amount of marine animals killed offshore in training. It would be a nice idea to hold at least one meeting in Sequim to give folks from Forks to PT the ability to come without driving all the way to Poulsbo on an evening.
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The Navy is holding four public meetings next week to give the public
an opportunity to learn more about the Supplement to the Northwest
Training and Testing (NWTT) Draft Environmental Impact Statement
(EIS).  Please see the full list of meetings in the below release.
The Supplement is currently available for public review and comment
until Feb. 2.

Please let me know if you have any questions.  Thank you.

Very Respectfully,
Liane Nakahara
Public Affairs Specialist
Navy Region Northwest
Desk: (360) 396-1630
Email: liane.nakahara[at]navy.mil

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 6, 2014
Release # 15-001

Navy to hold public meetings on Supplement to the Northwest Training
and Testing Draft EIS

SILVERDALE, Wash. – The U.S. Navy invites the public to attend public
meetings to learn more about the Supplement to the  Northwest Training
and Testing (NWTT)  Draft Environmental Impact Statement/Overseas
Environmental Impact Statement (EIS/OEIS). The Navy prepared the
Supplement to evaluate the potential environmental effects of
additional military readiness training activities resulted from
recently updated training requirements.

Public Meetings:
Four open-house meetings will be held to inform the public about the
Navy’s findings in the Supplement to the Draft EIS/OEIS, to answer
questions, and to solicit public comments on the Supplement. Each
public meeting will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Comments will be accepted
throughout each meeting. The public meetings will be held at the
following locations and times:

Monday, Jan. 12, 2015
Poulsbo Fire Station Conference Room
911 NE Liberty Road
Poulsbo, WA

Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015
Grays Harbor College, Hillier Union Building
1620 Edward P. Smith Drive
Aberdeen, WA

Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015
Isaac Newton Magnet School Commons
825 NE Seventh St.
Newport, OR

Friday, Jan. 16, 2015
Eureka Public Marina, Wharfinger Building Great Room
1 Marina Way
Eureka, CA

Individuals requiring reasonable accommodations, please contact Liane
Nakahara, Navy Region Northwest Public Affairs Specialist, at
360-396-1630 or liane.nakahara@navy.mil.

Availability of the Supplement and Public Comment Period:

The Navy is seeking public input on the accuracy and adequacy of the
Supplement to the Draft EIS/OEIS. The Supplement is available for
public review online at www.NWTTEIS.com and at the following
locations:

Washington:
.       Everett Main Library
.       Gig Harbor Library
.       Jefferson County Library – Port Hadlock
.       Kitsap Regional Library – Poulsbo
.       Kitsap Regional Library – Sylvan Way (Bremerton)
.       Oak Harbor Public Library
.       Port Angeles Main Library
.       Port Townsend Public Library
.       Timberland Regional Library  – Aberdeen
.       Timberland Regional Library – Hoquiam

Oregon:
.       Astoria Public Library
.       Driftwood Public Library
.       Newport Public Library
.       Tillamook Main Library
.       Hatfield Marine Science Center

Northern California:
.       Fort Bragg Branch Library
.       Humboldt County Public Library, Arcata Main Library
.       Humboldt County Public Library, Eureka Main Library
.       Redwood Coast Senior Center

Southeastern Alaska:
.       Juneau Public Library, Downtown Branch
.       Ketchikan Public Library

The Navy is accepting comments throughout the 45-day public comment
period, from Dec. 19, 2014, to Feb. 2, 2015. All comments must be
postmarked or received online by Feb. 2, 2015, for consideration in
the Final EIS/OEIS. Written comments may be submitted via the project
website at www.NWTTEIS.com, in person at the public meetings or by
mail to:
Naval Facilities Engineering Command Northwest
Attention: Ms. Kimberly Kler – NWTT EIS/OEIS Project Manager
1101 Tautog Circle, Suite 203
Silverdale, WA 98315-1101

All public comments received during the original Draft EIS comment
period (Jan. 24 – April 15, 2014) are still valid and are being
considered in the development of the Final EIS.

Supplement to the NWTT Draft EIS/OEIS:
Following publication of the Draft EIS/OEIS on Jan. 24, 2014, the U.S.
Navy determined that updated training requirements would result in
changes to the Proposed Action. The purpose of this Supplement to the
Draft EIS/OEIS is to present these changes and significant new
information relevant to environmental concerns.

These changes include an updated requirement for increased use of
sonobuoys during training in the Northwest Training Range Complex. The
supplement also addresses additional analysis related to assessing
impacts of ongoing maritime security operations. The types of
activities that were evaluated include maritime security escorts for
Navy vessels such as Fleet Ballistic Missile Submarines [SSBNs].
Unless specifically included in the Supplement, the activities and
analyses of effects to resources described in the original Draft
EIS/OEIS remain valid and are included by reference in the Supplement
to the Draft EIS/OEIS.

In the NWTT Draft EIS/OEIS that was previously released, the Navy
evaluated the potential environmental effects from military readiness
training and testing activities conducted primarily within existing
range complexes and testing ranges in the NWTT Study Area.

The purpose of the Proposed Action is to ensure that the Navy
accomplishes its mission to maintain, train and equip combat-ready
naval forces capable of winning wars, deterring aggression and
maintaining freedom of the seas. This mission is achieved in part by
training and testing within the NWTT Study Area. The NWTT EIS/OEIS
also supports the renewal of federal regulatory permits and
authorizations for current training and testing activities and future
activities requiring environmental analysis.

Visit the project website at www.NWTTEIS.com to learn more about the project.

MEDIA AVAILABILITY:  There is an opportunity for media to speak with
project personnel at 4:30 p.m. before each meeting. Media interested
in attending or seeking further information should contact: Liane
Nakahara, Navy Region Northwest Public Affairs Specialist,
360-396-1630 (office) or 360-340-5372 (cell).

-USN-

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