Rosalind Peterson: Take Action! What You Can Do By October 11, 2010 About The U.S. Navy’s New Threat To Northern California And Gulf Of Mexico Marine Life


From ROSALIND PETERSON
Redwood Valley

CONTACT YOUR ELECTED OFFICIAL TODAY! ASK FOR U.S. CONGRESSIONAL HEARINGS TO PROTECT PUBLIC HEALTH, OUR MARINE MAMMALS & OUR OCEANS.

U.S. NAVY 5-YEAR WARFARE TESTING PROGRAMS A NEW THREAT TO THE PACIFIC, GULF OF MEXICO & ATLANTIC MARINE MAMMALS

U.S. CONGRESSIONAL HEARINGS NEEDED TODAY TO PROTECT ALL OCEAN WILDLIFE & HUMAN HEALTH!

USA TODAY broke this news when they published a news story titled: “Navy Plans Could Affect More Marine Mammals” on August 5, 2010 [1]. According to USA Today news article, backed up by federal documents from the U.S. Navy and NOAA: “…The Navy plans to increase ocean warfare exercises, conduct more sonar tests and expand coastal training… activities that could injure hundreds of thousands of marine mammals or disturb their habitats…”

In a letter to NOAA, dated June 19, 2009, U.S. Senator Feinstein and U.S. Congressman Henry Waxman stated: “…In many regions, the Navy plans to increase the number of its exercises or expand the areas in which they may occur, and virtually every coastal state will be affected. Some exercises may occur in the nation’s most biologically sensitive marine habitats, including National Marine Sanctuaries and breeding habitat for the endangered North Atlantic right whale. In all, the Navy anticipates more than 2.3 million takes (significant disruptions in marine mammal foraging, breeding, and other essential behaviors) per year, or 11.7 million takes over the course of a five-year permit…” [2]

The U.S. Navy is expanding their 5-Year Warfare Training in Northern California, Oregon, Washington, and Idaho (NWTRC). The Final U.S. Navy Environmental Impact Statement (EIS/OEIS), was released on September 10, 2010, and now is available for review, public comment, and protests by going to the U.S. Navy website [9]. The thirty day public comment period ends on October 11, 2010. File your protests and comments today with the U.S. Navy and NOAA. Let your elected officials know that U.S. Congressional hearings are needed now to protect all ocean areas, 11.7 million marine mammals, the fishing and tourism industries, our national marine sanctuaries, migrating whales, manatees, fish, their ocean habitats and food supplies, and public health.

The U.S. Congress, NOAA, and the U.S. Navy are ignoring Chapter 5 of the April 2010, Report of the NATIONAL CANCER INSTITUTE – PRESIDENT’S CANCER PANEL “Exposure to Contaminants and Other Hazards from Military Sources” [8].

Many U.S. Navy, U.S. Air Force, Environmental Impact Statements, U.S. Congressional Letters, and NOAA Documents regarding these 5-Year Warfare Testing programs are located on the following website: http://agriculturedefensecoalition.org/?q=us-navy

U.S. NAVY Northwest Training Range Complex Final EIS/OEIS NOW Available-SEE bELOW

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 10, 2010

A copy of the Final EIS/OEIS is available at: http://www.NWTRangeComplexEIS.com

U.S. NAVY NWTRC: Northern California, Oregon, Washington & Idaho

Comments on the Final EIS/OEIS must be postmarked or received by October 12, 2010

Interested parties may submit comments via the project website at http://www.NWTRangeComplexEIS.com or by U.S. mail to:

Naval Facilities Engineering Command Northwest

1101 Tautog Circle, Suite 203

Silverdale, WA 98315-1101

Attn: Mrs. Kimberly Kler – NWTRC EIS

Send Written Public Comments to:

Dr. Jane Lubchenco, NOAA Undersecretary
Oceans & Atmosphere U.S. Department of Commerce
14th and Constitution Avenue, N.W., Room 5128
Washington, DC 20230

SILVERDALE, Wash. — The U.S. Navy has completed the Final Environmental Impact Statement/Overseas Environmental Impact Statement (EIS/OEIS) for the Northwest Training Range Complex. In compliance with Council on Environmental Quality regulations, public hearings were held in association with the Draft EIS/OEIS. Public hearings are not required for the Final EIS/OEIS.

Regulations provide for a 30-day wait period after the Final EIS/OEIS is published before the agency may take final action. During that period, in addition to the agency’s own internal final review, the public and other agencies can comment on the Final EIS/OEIS prior to the agency’s final action on the proposal.

Comments on the Final EIS/OEIS must be postmarked or received by October 12, 2010.

The Final EIS/OEIS has been made available to individuals, agencies and organizations that requested a copy of the final document and/or provided comments during the public review period for the Draft EIS/OEIS. A copy of the Final EIS/OEIS is available at: http://www.NWTRangeComplexEIS.com or can be viewed at one of the following information repositories:

For information on the Navy and other ongoing EIS projects in the Northwest region, please visit Navy Region Northwest at http://www.cnic.navy.mil/cnrnw or contact Mrs. Sheila Murray, Environmental Public Affairs Officer, at 360-396-4981 for a CD or hard copy of this Environmental Impact Statement.
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