Comment Letters – organizations and individuals, in chronological order
2018 – On the Navy’s plans to conduct SEALs covert combat training along 265 miles of shoreline and numerous state parks: West Coast Action Alliance – Olympic Forest Coalition joint comment letter.
2017 – On the Navy’s Growler Draft Environmental Impact Statement: West Coast Action Alliance – Olympic Forest Coalition joint comment letter.
2016 – City of Port Townsend’s request to expand the “Area of Potential Effect” from noise impacts to include historic structures within City limits.
On the Navy’s poor communication with the public:
2015 (October): Joint Memorandum from West Coast Action Alliance and Olympic Forest Coalition (serves as defacto comment letter upon Navy’s October 2 declaration of no comment period for a Final EIS on Northwest Training and Testing.) Cover letter to Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy. Joint Memorandum containing details of complaint. Navy’s dismissive reply letter (a mass mailing.)
2015 (August): West Coast Action Alliance/Olympic Forest Coalition Open Letter to Navy.
On concerns about electromagnetic radiation:
2015 – Dr. Martin Pall, Washington State University – letter to Navy.
On the Navy’s impacts to World Heritage designation of Olympic National Park:
On the Navy’s plans for building a new pier in Port Angeles Harbor (Clallam County) for its submarine escort vessels. Comment period ended February 25, 2015:
On the Navy’s Joint Land Use Study, which specifically directs planners to include “explosives, safety quantity distances from ammunition storage that may affect land outside the base, external radio frequency interference, and electromagnetic radiation effects on adjacent land.”
2015: Comment letter from the Ground Zero Center for Nonviolent Action, on the Navy’s doubling of the amount of explosive material and the expansion of the blast zone into residential areas in Kitsap County.
On the Navy’s Supplemental Draft EIS, regarding increased sonar, sonobuoy and explosive activity plus more and longer bridge closures, more boardings of private vessels, and more 1-hour notices to leave areas of Naval activity. Comment period closed February 2, 2015:
On the Navy’s Scoping for Growler jet operations; comment period ended January 9, 2015:
On whether the Forest Service should issue a permit to the Navy to use its roads with electromagnetic radiation emitters; comment period ended November 28, 2014:
2014: National Park Service comment letter (NOTE: This one is from a government agency; it is also posted here because the points made are so compelling.)
On the Navy’s September 2014 Environmental Assessment: No comments from elected officials, tribes or individual members of the public were received by the Navy because the public was unaware of the process until after the Navy closed its 15-day comment period. In less than two months, more than 3,300 public comments, 99.9% opposed, poured into the Forest Service about this.
On the Northwest Training Range Complex EIS/OEIS (The “O” is for Overseas). This was a predecessor to the 2015 EIS called “Northwest Training and Testing.”
For more letters, see the tabs “Local Governments” and “State and National Governments.”