This page contains links to Navy NEPA documents, including whistleblower materials; further down, there is a slew of reports the public may find interesting.
Navy Documents (in chronological order; whistleblower materials are in bold)
December 2015: Internal Navy slide shows on combat training activities at 68 selected public parks and private lands: Full PDF version (17mb, give it time to load.) Version showing sites selected for Categorical Exclusion (exemption) from public process. Email showing intent to exclude disclosure of 2016 training from agencies. Navy telephone log of conversation with State Division of Historic Preservation that reveals intent to retrofit State consultation on historic, cultural and tribal properties. Navy’s self-determined draft biological assessment that these activities did not need an Endangered Species Act consultation with the US Fish and Wildlife Service. An angry email thread. More internal Navy emails showing disagreement between civilian staff and naval personnel about legality of actions: 1., 2., 3.
2015 – October 2 – Final EIS for Northwest Training and Testing: Volume 1 Volume 2 Volume 3 Volume 4 Appendix on World Heritage Site analysis. West Coast Action Alliance and Olympic Forest Coalition Joint memorandum to Navy on flawed analyses and NEPA process. Letter from UNESCO expressing concern. WCAA post crunches the numbers.
2015 – April – USFWS and Navy reinitiate formal consultation under Section 7 of ESA, for at least 3 species: marbled murrelet, spotted owl and bull trout. Final document expected in October
2015 – 9th Circuit Court rules Navy’s training in Hawaii and Southern California violates the law.
2015 – Environmental Assessment on conversion of Ediz Hook, Port Angeles harbor, into a submarine escort vessel base. Comment period closes Feb 25, 2015.
2014 – Notice of public comment period for Navy’s request to “take” marine mammals. NOTE: Because these numbers have been changed in the Supplemental Draft whose comment period ends Feb 2, 2015, it is appropriate to include comments on the Navy’s Request for a Letter of Authorization in your public comments.
2014 – Navy holds scoping meetings for another EIS, on addition of 36 EA-18G Growler jets to fleet of 82 already at Whidbey Island.
2014 – Navy issues its Finding of No Significant Impact – Mobile Emitters
2014 – Letter from the Navy to the US Fish and Wildlife Service telling them no need to reopen consultation on endangered species.
2011 – NAVFAC slide show showing Navy owns/manages 46 miles of shoreline and 151,975 acres of land in the Pacific Northwest.
2010 – Navy rejects National Marine Fisheries Service mitigation request, to develop a plan to report on fish mortality during exercises in the Gulf of Alaska, claiming that such reporting would “not provide much, if any, valuable data.”
2005 – Environmental Assessment – Replacement of Prowlers with Growlers Significance: It promised a 36% and 16% reduction, respectively, in the number of persons in surrounding areas exposed to aircraft noise greater than 65 decibels.
1999 – Termination of EIS for ALL aircraft Ops at Whidbey Process ended. Significance: After this, NASWI piecemealed its NEPA processes.
1993 – Publication/distribution of draft EIS, begun in 1989, for all air ops at NASWI.
1988 – Master Agreement – DoD & USDA MOU – on use of national forest lands for military purposes. Significance: DoD must “determine and substantiate that lands under its administration are unsuitable or unavailable,” and the agreement “does not apply to the use of airspace… unless directly associated with land-based training.”
Miscellaneous Reports (in chronological order)
2015 – June – The National Military Strategy of the United States of America. A grim read. Remember that the former balance of military assets in the Atlantic and Pacific are shifting in a “Pivot to Asia” from 50-50 to 60 percent Pacific and 40 percent Atlantic.
2015 – Naval S&T (Science and Technology) Strategy. Basically, a blueprint for how the Navy plans to improve its technical capacity to blow stuff up and kill people.
2012 – Retaining and Expanding Military Spending in Washington (This follow-the-money report gives profuse thanks to the Washington Congressional delegation, and explains why they are not being responsive to citizen concerns. Contrast this with the united opposition of the California Congressional delegation and the CA Coastal Commission.)
2010 – Navy “Green Team” Award Nomination in which John Mosher’s NEPA team at Navy Region Northwest nominates itself for an award on public involvement and endangered species.
2009 – Navy report on jet engine noise reduction. Significance: Finds inadequate risk assessment for its own personnel, which places claims of no significant impacts under suspicion. “Although the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is spending over $1 billion per year for hearing loss cases, there are no data to correlate hearing loss claims to flight deck noise exposure. Approximately 28% of the VA hearing loss claims are for the Department of the Navy, but data do not exist on the environment that caused the hearing loss.”
2009 – Bioeffects RF Handbook
2008 – Super Hornet Noise Audit Finds noise protections inadequate. Super Hornets are not as loud as Growlers.
2007 – Navy Fuel Dumping Guidelines
Undated – Fuel Dumping Account by Pilot
1999 – ECONOMIC RENEWAL: COMMUNITY REUSE OF FORMER MILITARY BASES
“We have survived, and most of our citizens agree that we are better off today than prior to closure.” – former mayor of Rantoul, Illinois, where Chanute Air Force Base was closed in 1993
Other items of interest:
Electronic warfare 101, explained by Wikipedia: https://wiki.eveonline.com/en/wiki/Electronic_warfare_guide
Radar jamming and deception 101: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Radar_jamming_and_deception