NAVY'S PUBLIC MEETING TUESDAY WILL DISCUSS DRAFT PROPOSAL FOR TRAINING & TESTING ACTIVITIES & USE OF ACTIVE SONAR & EXPLOSIVES
By MARY KAUFFMAN
March 10, 2014
The open house portion of the meeting is from 5 to 8 p.m. At 6:30 p.m., the Navy will make a short presentation summarizing the analysis presented in the Draft EIS. The Navy will accept oral comments during a formal oral comment session following the presentation.
Southeast Alaska Acoustic Measurement Facility (SEAFAC) near Ketchikan, Alaska
Marine mammals rely on underwater sound to survive. Similarly, the U.S. Navy depends on sonar for defending our ships at sea. To continue its mission and protect marine mammals, the Navy has studied the potential effects of its sonar activities and developed protective measures to minimize potential impacts to marine mammals.
The project's website at www.NWTTEIS.com contains information on how the Navy is employing protective measures to reduce environmental effects from military training and testing activities.
The purpose of the Navy's 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 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 the public to comment on the NWTT Draft EIS/OEIS.
Eight public meetings have been scheduled in the Pacific Northwest, including the one scheduled in Ketchikan for tomorrow, March 11, 2014. Again, the public is invited to attend and comment.
The Navy is accepting comments throughout the 60-day public comment period, since 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:
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