The area where the Navy conducts special operations training may be expanded to include Whidbey Island.
In addition, the number of training operations conducted each year may significantly increase, according to a draft Environmental Assessment, or draft EA.
The Navy extended the public comment period to March 23. The EA can be viewed online at https://navfac.navy.mil/NSOEA
Some environmental groups have recently raised an outcry about the draft EA because some of the alternatives being considered would increase the number of operations and the areas where they can be conducted. Save the Olympic Peninsula, an environmental advocacy group based in Port Angeles, sent out a press release stating that the EA doesn’t adequately address the long-term environmental consequences or the possibility of conflict between the public and trainees.