State/National Government

STATE GOVERNMENT ACTIONS AND CORRESPONDENCE

2015 – February 27 – Letter from Washington State Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark to the Navy, refusing to allow DNR lands to be used in the Navy’s electronic warfare testing and training.

CONGRESSIONAL ACTIONS AND CORRESPONDENCE

In California:

2010 – October 8 – Congressman Mike Thompson’s letter to the Navy

2009 – June 19 – Seven US Senators letter to NOAA expressing concern over harm to marine mammals with Navy’s estimation of 11.7 million “takes” over 5-year period.

2009 – June 17 – Senator Barbara Boxer’s letter to Secretary of the Navy

2009 – May 28 – Congressman Mike Thompson press release on letter sent to NOAA expressing concerns about harm

In Oregon:

2015 – March 10 – Eleven members of the U.S. House from the Pacific Northwest wrote to the U.S. Forest Service urging them to hold more listening sessions on upcoming revisions to the Northwest Forest Plan.

2009 – June 19 – Seven US Senators letter to NOAA expressing concern over harm to marine mammals with Navy’s estimation of 11.7 million “takes” over 5-year period.

2009 – April 9 – Two Oregon Senators Cite Environmental and Economic Concerns of Expanded Warfare Training Off the Oregon Coast

2009 – April 9 – Senators Wyden and Merkley letter to Navy expressing concerns over harm to marine life 

2009 – February 6 – Six Oregon Senators’ letter to Navy requesting extension of public comment period and expressing concerns over public process

In Washington:

November 2015 – President’s Advisory Council on Historic Preservation letter criticizes Navy on shoddy consultation with State Historic Preservation Officer. Letter from State Historic Preservation Officer to Navy objecting to abrupt closing of consultation.

May 11, 2015: Congressman Derek Kilmer letter to Secretary of Defense asking the Navy to develop legitimate sound impact research, specifically over Olympic National Park, (press release) before proceeding with electronic warfare plans.

February 11, 2015: Letter from Congressman Derek Kilmer (D-WA) to Assistant Secretary of Defense asking for a better public process. Word file.   PDF file.

February 2, 2015: Searches on the official web pages for Rep. Derek Kilmer and Sen. Maria Cantwell using keywords “Navy electronic warfare” revealed no concerns posted over increased Navy electronic warfare activity on the Olympic Peninsula. A search on Sen. Patty Murray’s web page revealed 5 articles, statements or press releases, all pro-development for electronic warfare.  The following report may help explain the extraordinary silence from the State of Washington’s congressional delegation to the concerns of the people who live on, visit, recreate, and make their livings on, the Olympic Peninsula:  Retaining and Expanding Military Spending in Washington

Searches of the Washington State Legislature’s web and documents pages were equally fruitless.

2009 – June 19 – Seven US Senators letter to NOAA expressing concern over harm to marine mammals with Navy’s estimation of 11.7 million “takes” over 5-year period (Maria Cantwell was a signer).

In Canada: 

February 1, 2015:  City of Victoria Noise Bylaws.

January 27, 2015:  Letter from Member of Parliament Elizabeth May (Saanich-Gulf Islands)  to US Ambassador Bruce Alan Heyman on US Navy exercises and jet noise over southern Vancouver Island.

Elsewhere:

Law Library for proposed noise legislation and existing noise laws from federal, state, and municipal sources. (Noise Pollution Clearinghouse)

1997 – Testimony before Congress on why standards of natural quiet should be protected in ALL National Parks.