Since the public hearing process closed last year on its controversial plans to boost training activities within its Northwest Training Range Complex (NWTRC), Navy officials were in “run silent, run deep” mode. They resurfaced with the Sept. 10 release of the final environmental impact study (EIS), ready for a mandatory 30-day public review and comment period that ends Oct. 12.
“The completion of the final EIS follows several years of research, analysis, and public involvement, including five scoping meetings and six public hearings,” said Sheila Murray, environmental public affairs officer for the Navy Region Northwest, noting that the Navy evaluated two options, along with a no action alternative. Both action options, she added, “would support current, emerging, and future training activities” in the NWTRC - activities “necessary to achieve and sustain military readiness.”
Both options would considerably boost land, sea, and air training activities within the NWRTC - a naval training area stretching along the coasts of Washington, Oregon, and northern California to 250 nautical miles offshore. For the complete article see the 10-06-2010 issue.
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