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Navy to hold public open house scoping meetings

(NAS WHIDBEY ISLAND)- The Navy plans three public scoping meetings early next month to obtain public input on an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for EA-18G Growler Airfield Operations at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island.  The EIS will evaluate the potential environmental effects associated with ongoing EA-18G Growler airfield operations at NAS Whidbey Island’s Ault Field and Outlying Landing Field (OLF) Coupeville, including the proposed introduction of two additional expeditionary Electronic Attack (VAQ) squadrons and the addition of aircraft to the Fleet Replacement Squadron (FRS).

The scoping process will be used to identify community concerns and local issues to be addressed in the EIS.  As part of the public involvement during scoping the Navy will host three open house information sessions on the following dates:  Tuesday, December 3, 2013 at Coupeville High School (Commons Area), 501 South Main Street, Coupeville, Wash.; Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at Oak Harbor High School (Student Union Building), 1 Wildcat Way, Oak Harbor, Wash.; and Thursday, December 5, 2013 at Anacortes Middle School (Cafeteria), 2202 M Avenue, Anacortes, Wash. 98221.  All of these meetings will take place from 4 p.m. – 8 p.m.

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 process.

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