|Yours Truly at the Controls of a P-8A|
Okay folks, fresh off of the US Navy press... after voting again for Oak Harbor Football to get a KING 5 visit => I'm bummed I'll have to miss the Washington Policy Center conference earlier that day being I cannot drive and Google Local indicates I wouldn't be arrive even at the event's starting time, but need to prepare and preposition for the day's Suppression of Enemy Air Defenses (SEAD) Mission. I fully expect Citizens of the [anti-Navy] Ebey's Reserve to deploy and raise a ruckus, whine about sound normals, bitch about grandfathered noise and the like.
That said, here's the press release in toto with my highlighting (both photos are mine):
Navy Reschedules Public Meetings for Draft Supplemental EIS
for P-8A Home Basing
The Navy has rescheduled public meetings for the Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS) for the home basing of the P-8A Poseidon aircraft in the Federal Register. The Draft SEIS addresses the potential environmental effects of home basing P-8A squadrons at Naval Air Station (NAS) Jacksonville, Fla., and NAS Whidbey Island, Wash.
|Yours Truly In Front of a P-8A|
The Navy will host two open house public meetings. The meetings will be conducted in an open house format with informational displays and materials available for public review. There will be no formal presentations. Navy staff will be present to answer general questions on the proposed action and the EIS. The open house meetings will be conducted between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. on the following dates and locations:
Thursday, November 7 - Jacksonville
Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites, Orange Park
620 Wells Road
Orange Park, Fla.
Wednesday, November 13 – Whidbey Island
North Whidbey Middle School
67 NE Izett Street
Oak Harbor, Wash.
These meetings had to be rescheduled because of the recent government shutdown. These meetings replace meetings originally scheduled for October 8 in Whidbey Island and October 17 in Jacksonville. Due to the rescheduling of these meetings, the public comment period has been extended from November 4, 2013 to December 2, 2013. To ensure consideration in the Final SEIS, comments must be postmarked or received (on-line) by December 2, 2013 to ensure they become part of the official record.
Public input is very important to the process, helping the Navy arrive at the most informed decision about the proposal. For those who cannot attend an open house, all informational materials are available on the project website: http://www.mmaseis.com. Comments may also be submitted at one of the two public meetings or by mail to: P-8A EIS Project Manager; Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Atlantic; Attn: Code EV21/CZ; 6506 Hampton Blvd; Norfolk, VA 23508. All comments will be treated equally and will be used in the preparation of the Final SEIS.
This SEIS will supplement the original 2008 Final EIS, which determined that the P-8A Poseidon would be based at three installations – NAS Jacksonville, NAS Whidbey Island and Marine Corps Base (MCB) Kaneohe Bay, Hi. The Navy is now proposing to achieve operational savings and efficiencies by basing the aircraft at two, vice three bases. The proposed action now includes a permanent rotating squadron detachment at MCB Kaneohe Bay, with periodic squadron detachments to Naval Base Coronado, California.
Alternative 1 considers the environmental effects of home basing six fleet squadrons and the Fleet Replacement Squadron (FRS) at NAS Jacksonville and six fleet squadrons at NAS Whidbey Island. Alternative 2 considers the environmental effects of home basing five fleet squadrons and the FRS at NAS Jacksonville and seven fleet squadrons at NAS Whidbey Island. The No Action Alternative represents conditions if no further implementation of the 2008 Record of Decision were to occur.
For Hawaii, the proposed dual-siting would result in the assignment of a rotating P-8A detachment, infrastructure and facility improvements to support the P-8A detachment, and no permanently assigned P-3C or P-8A squadrons. These changes result in a significant reduction in impacts related to construction and airfield operations from what was considered in the 2008 Final EIS and Record of Decision. Therefore, no public meeting will be held in Hawaii. No changes in P-8A operations are planned for Naval Air Station North Island, Calif., from those described in the 2008 EIS, therefore no public meeting will be held in Coronado.
Copies of the Draft Supplemental EIS are available for public review at the following libraries: Oak Harbor City Library, 1000 SE Regatta Drive, Oak Harbor, Wash.; Anacortes Public Library, 1220 10th Street, Anacortes, Wash.; La Conner Regional Library, 614 Morris Street, La Conner, Wash.; Coupeville Library, 788 NW Alexander Street, Coupeville, Wash.; Coronado Public Library, 640 Orange Avenue, Coronado, Calif.; Webb Wesconnett Regional Branch, Jacksonville Public Library,6887 103rd Street, Jacksonville, Fla.; Kaneohe Public Library, 45–829 Kamehameha Highway, Honolulu, Hi.