[MARMAM] NEWS RELEASE - U.S. Navy releases Northwest Training and Testing Final Supplemental EIS/OEIS

Stanford, Julianne E CIV USN COMNAVREG NW BGR WA (USA) julianne.stanford at navy.mil
Fri Sep 18 10:39:07 PDT 2020


Good morning, 

 

The U.S. Navy has completed a final supplement to the 2015 Northwest
Training and Testing (NWTT) Final Environmental Impact Statement/Overseas
Environmental Impact Statement (EIS/OEIS) to assess the potential
environmental impacts associated with proposed ongoing and future military
readiness activities in the Pacific Northwest. In the Final Supplemental
EIS/OEIS, the Navy evaluated new, relevant information, such as more recent
marine mammal density data and scientific information, and updated previous
environmental analyses as appropriate.

 

The completion of the analysis follows years of research, stakeholder and
tribal engagement, and public involvement. Visit www.NWTTEIS.com for more
information and to view the document.

 

For more information or to receive assistance with a media query, please
contact Julianne Stanford with the Navy Region Northwest Public Affairs
Office at 360-867-8525 or her email at julianne.stanford at navy.mil.

 

Very respectfully, 

Julianne Stanford

Environmental Public Affairs Specialist, Navy Region Northwest

(360)-867-8525

julianne.stanford at navy.mil

 

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NORTHWEST TRAINING AND TESTING FINAL SUPPLEMENTAL ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT
STATEMENT/OVERSEAS ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT STATEMENT AVAILABLE FOR PUBLIC
VIEWING

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


Sept. 18, 2020

Release #20-0918

 

SILVERDALE, Wash - The U.S. Navy has completed a final supplement to the
2015 Northwest Training and Testing (NWTT) Final Environmental Impact
Statement/Overseas Environmental Impact Statement (EIS/OEIS) to assess the
potential environmental impacts associated with proposed ongoing and future
military readiness activities within the NWTT Study Area, referred to as the
"Study Area." Military readiness activities include training and research,
development, testing, and evaluation activities, referred to as "training
and testing."

 

In the Final Supplemental EIS/OEIS, the Navy evaluated new, relevant
information, such as more recent marine mammal density data and scientific
information, and updated previous environmental analyses as appropriate. The
Navy prepared the Final Supplemental EIS/OEIS to support the issuance of
federal regulatory permits and authorizations under the Marine Mammal
Protection Act and the Endangered Species Act.

 

Proposed Action:

The Navy's Proposed Action is to continue training and testing activities at
sea and in associated airspace within the Study Area. These activities
include the use of active sonar and explosives. The Navy will continue to
implement mitigation measures to avoid or reduce potential impacts on marine
species and the environment from training and testing activities.

 

Proposed activities are similar to those that have occurred in the Study
Area for decades and previously analyzed in the 2015 document. 

 

The purpose of the Proposed Action is to conduct training and testing
activities to ensure the Navy can accomplish its mission to maintain, train,
and equip combat-ready naval forces capable of winning wars, deterring
aggression, and maintaining freedom of the seas.

 

To achieve and maintain military readiness, the Navy proposes to: 

 

.       Continue training and testing activities at sea and in associated
airspace at levels required to support military readiness requirements
beyond 2020.

 

.       Incorporate evolving mission requirements, including those resulting
from the development, testing, and introduction of new vessels, aircraft,
and weapons systems into the fleet.

 

The Study Area remains unchanged from the 2015 NWTT Final EIS/OEIS. The
Study Area is comprised of established maritime operating areas and warning
areas in the northeastern Pacific Ocean, including areas within the Strait
of Juan de Fuca, Puget Sound, and the Western Behm Canal in southeastern
Alaska. The Study Area includes air and water space within and outside
Washington state waters and established special use airspace, Navy pierside
and harbor locations within Washington state waters, and air and water space
outside the state waters of Oregon and Northern California. A predominant
portion of the Study Area offshore remains outside of 12 nautical miles from
the coastlines of Washington, Oregon, and California. No land-based
activities were analyzed in the Final Supplemental EIS/OEIS. 

 

Availability of the Final Supplemental EIS/OEIS:

In accordance with National Environmental Policy Act regulations, the Navy
will wait a minimum of 30 days after publication of the Final Supplemental
EIS/OEIS before making a final decision on the action. 

 

The Navy is committed to providing an accessible version of the Final
Supplemental EIS/OEIS to the public during COVID-19 conditions. The document
will be available to the public on the project website www.NWTTEIS.com
beginning Sept. 18, 2020. If you need assistance accessing the document,
please contact Ms. Julianne Stanford, Navy Region Northwest Public Affairs
Office, at julianne.stanford at navy.mil or 360-867-8525.

 

If you would like additional information, please visit www.NWTTEIS.com or
contact:

Naval Facilities Engineering Command Northwest

Attention: NWTT Supplemental EIS/OEIS Project Manager

3730 N. Charles Porter Ave., Building 385

Oak Harbor, WA 98278-3500

 

Please help inform your community by sharing the information in this news
release.

 

-USN-

 

 

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