UPDATE, April 25: A previous version of this story inaccurately conflated two separate environmental reviews.
The U.S. Navy is in the middle of an environmental review process for a proposal to conduct training and testing activities in offshore areas along the West Coast, including Washington, and associated airspace. Now, the public is getting more time to weigh in on the impacts.
The public-comment period as part of the federally mandated review has been extended through June 12. Washington residents also have an opportunity to attend public information meetings this week, to ask questions in person and provide oral feedback.
According to a news release from Navy Region Northwest, the three-hour open houses kicked off in Everett on Wednesday. They continue in Silverdale tonight and Port Angeles tomorrow; both begin at 5 p.m. The open houses are part of a series of West Coast meetings spanning from Northern California to Southeast Alaska.
The activities in question, which are similar to those conducted and analyzed in the same areas previously, include use of sonar as well as explosives, the release states, while employing mitigation measures for marine species.
ATTEND THE MEETINGS
Wednesday, April 24, 5-8 p.m.
Hampton Inn, 2931 W. Marine View Dr.
Thursday, April 25, 5-8 p.m.
Ridgetop Middle School Cafeteria, 10600 Hillsboro Dr. N.W.
Friday, April 26, 5-8 p.m.
Naval Elks Lodge No. 353, 131 E. First St.