On September 13, 2014, the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) released their Pacific Northwest Environmental Assessment (EA) on the Navy Electronic Warfare (EW) Range proposal along with a draft decision notice finding No Significant Impact to the environment. Naval Airs
The proposal includes installation of communication equipment on an existing tower in the Olympic Military Operations Area (MOA) at Octopus Mountain and the operation of 3 Mobile Electronic Warfare Training System (MEWTS) emitters on USFS existing roads in the western area of the Olympic Peninsula. The Navy plans to position the 3 mobile emitters on any one of up to 15 potential sites and operate these emitters for up to 16 hours per day and on as many as 260 days per year. The emitters would focus their beams of electro magnetic waves upwards from about 14 feet above ground surface and the passing Navy jets would train in detecting these emissions.
OPAS believes the “findings of no significant impact” are unjustified by best available science and asks for a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Biological Opinion reviewing the latest literature. We further request that the USFS not grant a permit for the EM emitting vehicles and aircraft to use Forest Service areas and request that a full EIS under NEPA be prepared. Read our comments here.