Comments delay Navy expansion of electronic-warfare training on Olympic Peninsula

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PORT ANGELES, Wash. (AP) — The U.S. Forest Service says a flood of public comments is delaying its decision on whether to grant the Navy a permit for expanded electronic-warfare training on the Olympic Peninsula.

The Peninsula Daily News reports that the Forest Service had planned to make a decision on the Navy’s special-use permit application by September. But now the agency is hiring a third-party contractor to handle the more than 3,300 comments it received — most of them expressing opposition over concerns about jet noise or electromagnetic radiation.

The Forest Service says no decision is expected before early next year.

The Navy is planning for an $11.5 million expansion of its electronic-warfare range activities, including the deployment of three mobile, camper-sized electromagnetic transmitters on 12 Olympic National Forest logging roads in Clallam, Jefferson and Grays Harbor counties.

The transmitters would interact with EA-18G Growler electronic warfare aircraft that are stationed at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island.

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  • mike van voorst

    the Navy has been flying and using the Olympic range for over the last 30 years for training, that said the transmitters to be used emit no more radiation than a cell tower maybe less they use a specific band width and pose no health hazards, there is a small group of individuals over here on Whidbey who are trying their best to close the OLF and NAS Whidbey Is. they have been spreading lots of false information and claims, they have used the biased “research” of an Al Jezerra reporter who if you believed all of his “information” we should be up to our knees in dead birds and others flying aimlessly about, along with dead sea mammals floating all over Puget Sound.