[MARMAM] Press Release: Navy holding public meetings for Northwest Training and Testing EIS

Nakahara, Liane L CIV Navy Region NW, N00P liane.nakahara at navy.mil
Tue Feb 18 10:50:00 PST 2014

Attached and pasted below is a Press Release for the Navy disseminated to news media this morning.  Provided for your information and for sharing with your colleagues.

The U.S. Navy his holding a series of public meetings in Washington, Oregon, Northern California, and Southeast Alaska to provide information on the Northwest Training and Testing (NWTT) Draft Environmental Impact Statement/Overseas Environmental Impact Statement (EIS/OEIS).  These meetings are also being held to allow the public to ask questions and submit comments about the Draft EIS/OEIS.

The Navy invites the public to submit comments on the NWTT Draft EIS/OEIS during the comment period, which ends on March 25.  All comments received by the deadline will be considered in the development of the Final EIS/OEIS.  People can comment in a few different ways: in person (oral and written) at a public meeting, by mail or online at the project website via the online comment form. 

The Draft EIS documents as well as the online comment form can be found on the NWTT EIS/OEIS project website: www.nwtteis.com 

Please let me know if you have any questions.  There will be a media availability starting at 4:30 p.m. prior to each public meeting. Please let me know if you are interested in attending this media availability. We will have subject matter experts available to help answer questions about Navy training and testing and the Draft EIS.

Very Respectfully,
Liane Nakahara
Public Affairs Specialist
Navy Region Northwest
Phone: (360) 396-1630
Cell: (360) 340-5372
Fax: (360) 396-7127
liane.nakahara [at] navy.mil


Feb. 18, 2014
Release #14-002


SILVERDALE, Wash. - The U.S. Navy invites the public to attend public meetings for the Northwest Training and Testing (NWTT) Draft Environmental Impact Statement/Overseas Environmental Impact Statement (EIS/OEIS). The Navy has prepared the Draft EIS/OEIS to evaluate the potential environmental impacts of military readiness training and testing activities conducted primarily within existing range complexes, operating areas and testing ranges in the NWTT Study Area. The Navy invites you to comment on the NWTT Draft EIS/OEIS.

Public Meetings
Eight public meetings will be held to inform the public about the Navy's Proposed Action and findings in the Draft EIS/OEIS, and solicit public comments on the environmental analysis. The public meetings will include an open house information session starting at 5 p.m. During this time, Navy representatives will provide information and answer questions about the Proposed Action and Draft EIS/OEIS. A short presentation by the Navy will begin at 6:30 p.m. Comments will be accepted throughout the public meeting. The public meetings will be held at the following locations and times:

Open House Information Sessions: 5-8 p.m.
Navy Presentation: 6:30 p.m.
Washington:	Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014
		Oak Harbor High School
		Student Union Building
		1 Wildcat Way
		Oak Harbor, WA

		Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014
		Cascade High School Student Commons
		801 E. Casino Road
		Everett, WA

		Friday, Feb. 28, 2014
		North Kitsap High School Commons
		1780 NE Hostmark St.
		Poulsbo, WA
Oregon:	Monday, March 3, 2014
		Astoria High School Student Commons
		1001 W. Marine Drive
		Astoria, OR
		Tuesday, March 4, 2014
		Isaac Newton Magnet School Gym
		825 NE 7th St.	
		Newport, OR

California:	Thursday, March 6, 2014
		Red Lion Hotel Redwood Ballroom
		1929 4th St.
		Eureka, CA
		Friday, March 7, 2014
		Redwood Coast Senior Center West Room
		490 N. Harold St.
		Fort Bragg, CA

Alaska:		Tuesday, March 11, 2014
		Southeast Alaska Discovery Center Lobby
		50 Main St.
		Ketchikan, AK		

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

Availability of Draft EIS/OEIS and Public Comment Period:
The Navy is seeking public input on the Proposed Action and alternatives, and the accuracy and adequacy of the Draft EIS/OEIS. The Draft EIS/OEIS is available for public review online at www.NWTTEIS.com and at the following locations:
. 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

. Astoria Public Library
. Driftwood Public Library
. Newport Public Library 
. Tillamook Main Library 

Northern California:
. Fort Bragg Branch Library
. Humboldt County Public Library, 
Arcata Main Library
. Humboldt County Public Library,
Eureka Main Library

Southeastern Alaska:
. Juneau Public Library,
Downtown Branch
. Ketchikan Public Library
The Navy is accepting comments throughout the 60-day public comment period, from Jan. 24, 2014, to March 25, 2014. All comments must be postmarked or received online by March 25, 2014, 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

Proposed Action
The Navy proposes to conduct training and testing activities, to include the use of active sonar and explosives, within the NWTT Study Area. The Proposed Action also includes pierside sonar maintenance and testing within 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.

The NWTT Study Area is composed of Navy training and testing range complexes, operating areas, testing facilities, and select Navy pierside locations in the Pacific Northwest.  Aircraft training and testing activities that take place on or within established Navy airfields at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, Wash. or Naval Weapons Systems Training Facility Boardman, Ore. are not included in this NWTT EIS/OEIS. 

Visit the project website at www.NWTTEIS.com to download the Draft EIS/OEIS, view a map of the NWTT Study Area, learn more about the project and submit comments online.


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).

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