Navy to do Noise Study Amid Plan to Increase Growler Flights

$2 million in funding has been allocated for the U.S. Navy to study and develop technologies that would reduce jet engine noise.  That as the Navy plans to bring more electronic-warfare aircraft to train on Whidbey Island.

The Navy released a final environmental impact statement last week on a plan to bring 36 more EA-18G Growlers for training at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island.

      Fri Oct 5 News

That prompted a protest in Pt Townsend on Wednesday where 75 members of the Sound Defense Alliance sent the Navy a message from North Beach Park – holding placards spelling out “No New Jets. No New Flights”  as EA-18 Growler jets were flying overhead.

Sound Defense Alliance steering committee member Larry Morrell tell the PD the demonstration was meant to be the “start of a regional dialogue with the Navy.”

The Navy is expected to make a final decision on the expanded operation in the next month.

It’s not immediately clear when the jet noise study will begin.

Public Comment on Orca Saving Recommendations Ends Sunday

Washingtonians have until Sunday (10/7) to submit their thoughts on the Southern Resident Orca Task Force’s recommendations for saving the endangered population.

      Thu Oct 4 News

Clallam PUD Opposes Carbon Fee

Add Clallam County Public Utility District commissioners to the list of energy companies opposing a state ballot measure that would slap a fee on large carbon polluters.

District commissioners voted 3-0 Monday to approve a resolution against Initiative 1631, saying the measure would result in increased costs, decreased local control and compound regulatory requirements “all without an actual reduction in carbon emissions for our state’s energy sector.”

      Wed Oct 3 News

The measure is also being opposed by Western States Petroleum Association, which reported $15.9 million in contributions including $7.2 million from Phillips 66.

Supporters include Clean Air Energy WA, which reported $5.3 million in contributions including $1.2 million from The Nature Conservancy.

The Carbon Emissions Fee Measure would impose a pollution fee of $15 per metric ton of carbon released into the atmosphere beginning in January 2020.

If the carbon fee initiative is approved, Washington would become the first state to adopt a carbon fee and first government in the world to do so by ballot referendum.

Burn Ban Lifted in Clallam, Jefferson Counties

Burn bans in Clallam and Jefferson counties have been lifted as of Monday. And the DNR lifted their burn ban today.

      Tue Oct 2 News

That means recreational fires, residential burns and permitted debris burns are now allowed.  Those   recreational fires must still be limited to 3 feet in diameter..

Urban Growth Areas, including Port Angeles, Forks, Joyce, Clallam Bay and Sekiu, are restricted from outdoor burning through state law.

Residents living outside of an Urban Growth Area should contact their local fire district for burning regulations and permit requirements.

Broadband Action Team Meets in PA

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The Broadband Action team met in PA Friday discussing ways to bring high speed internet to rural areas such as the West End as well as local Native American Tribes.  .

U.S. Rep. Derek Kilmer introduced the bi-partisan Broadband Access for All bill  in July that would provide a refundable tax credit to groups of individuals or businesses who extend a local broadband network,

      Mon Oct 1 News

Kilmer spokeswoman Mary Jane Robins was part of the meeting along with representatives from the Makah, Hoh and Quinnalt Tribes as well as the office of US Senators Maria Cantwell and Patty Murray.

Kilmer says twenty-one percent of Clallam County’s population — and 19 percent of Jefferson County — lacks broadband

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