Posted by: arbeam | January 2, 2016

Navy Draft Environmental Assessment for Proposed Pier and Support Facilities in Port Angeles Available for Public Review

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SILVERDALE, Wash. – The U.S. Navy has prepared a Draft Environmental Assessment (EA) to evaluate the potential environmental effects associated with the proposal to construct a new pier and support facilities for the Transit Protection System (TPS) at the U.S. Coast Guard Air Station/Sector Field Office in Port Angeles.

The Navy invites the public to comment on the draft analysis. The Draft EA is available for public review online at: http://go.usa.gov/tAr4. A printed copy of the Draft EA is also available for public review at the Port Angeles Main Library, 2210 South Peabody Street, Port Angeles,  WA 98362.

The Navy is accepting written comments on this Draft EA through January 28, 2016. To be considered in preparation of the Final EA and the decision making process, written comments must be received by Thursday, January 28, 2016. Written comments may be submitted via email to: NWNEPA@navy.mil. Written comments may also be submitted by U.S. mail and addressed to:

Naval Facilities Engineering Command Northwest
Attention: NEPA Project Manager/TPS Facilities
1101 Tautog Circle, Room 203
Silverdale, WA 98315-1101

The Navy will hold a public meeting in Port Angeles on January 12, 2016, from 6:00 p.m. to  8:00 p.m. at the Naval Elks Lodge #353, located at 131 East 1st Street to provide information  about the draft analysis and receive written comments from those who choose to submit written  comments in person. Navy and Coast Guard personnel will be present at this open house style  meeting to provide information and answer questions about the Proposed Action and the draft analysis. There will not be a formal presentation or verbal comment session at this meeting.

The Proposed Action would provide a staging area for vessels and crews escorting Navy  submarines traveling between Naval Base Kitsap Bangor and the Strait of Juan de Fuca. This  security escort, known as the Transit Protection System (TPS), is operated by U.S. Coast Guard
(USCG) personnel and civilian mariners. Having a staging location along the vessel transit route  would ensure compliance with USCG requirements for underway hour limits and required crew rest between escort activities.

The Draft EA analyzes the potential environmental effects from the implementation of three action alternatives and a No Action Alternative. The action alternatives include a new alternative
developed by the Navy to address comments received during the public review of the  Description of Proposed Action and Alternatives.

The Draft EA contains an analysis of environmental resources including Land Use and  Recreation, Water Quality and Sediments, Biological Resources, Noise, Cultural Resources,  American Indian Traditional Resources, Socioeconomics, Marine Traffic and Transportation, Shore Traffic and Circulation, Visual Resources, and Solid and Hazardous Waste.
Individuals requiring reasonable accommodations and media inquiries about the proposed action should contact Naval Base Kitsap (NBK) public affairs at (360) 627-4030 or pao.nbk.cnrnw@navy.mil.

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