To: Greg Wahl, Forest Service, Environmental Coordinator
Nov 28 Deadline: Olympic Peninsula- Navy Electronic War Games Target Americans, Wildlife, Nationa...
1. We request that the Forestry Department officials require an Environmental Impact Statement, which is the usual and legal process before allowing such usage of national parks and UN World Heritage Sites.
2. This invasive usage requires additional meetings and input from Olympia, WA residents, scientists, and biologically trained professionals. Not one single public notice about this training was published in any local newspapers serving affected communities on the Olympic Peninsula. The public’s comments on jet noise, EMR (electromagnetic radiation) health dangers, and pollution have been ignored.
3. The Navy has made no arrangements for contingencies or liabilities for fires, injuries, or crashes, instead asking if the locals could provide those services. We request that these contingencies be addressed with emergency facilities provided by the Navy.
Why is this important?
An article by Dahr Jamail at http://www.truth-out.org/news/item/27339 states that
36 supersonic Growler jets will fly 8 to 16 hours/day, 260 days/year, conducting 11 “training events” every day on 3 mobile radiation emitters placed in 15 different locations—all ‘critical habitats’ for endangered species in the Olympic National Forest—and the airspace over the Olympic National Park, a UN World Heritage Site. The Navy is exempt from prohibitions of the Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary, and will conduct live firing of guns, missiles, torpedoes and chaff; it will avoid conducting bombing exercises in the Sanctuary, “to the maximum extent practicable.”
Weapons include "lasers, high powered microwaves (HPMs), electromagnetic pulse (EMP), anti-radiation energy in concentrated beams designed to attack personnel, facilities or equipment with intent of degrading, neutralizing, or destroying enemy capabilities." Navy "friendly electronic attack (FEAs) could potentially deny essential services to a local population that, in turn, could result in loss of life, and/or potential ramifications.
Not one single public notice about this training was published in any local newspapers serving affected communities on the Olympic Peninsula. The public’s comments on jet noise, EMR health dangers, and pollution have been ignored. A coalition of local Native Tribes, Idle No More, demonstrated against this plan as destructive for the land, water and traditional Native uses on October 29, 2014 and presented letters of objection to the Forest Headquarters in Olympia. Many such letters of protest are now found "missing."
And the US Navy already has a functioning site to test their electromagnetic radiation weapons in Idaho.