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Wednesday, January 16, 2013

OPINION: Navy invites public comment on Gulf of Alaska Navy Training Supplemental EIS

U.S. NAVY INVITES PUBLIC COMMENT ON THE GULF OF ALASKA NAVY TRAINING
ACTIVITIES SUPPLEMENTAL ENVIRONMENTAL ANALYSIS

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Navy men (Photo credit: Tymtoi)
Silverdale, Wash. - The U.S. Navy invites you to participate in the Gulf of Alaska (GOA) Navy Training Activities Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement/Overseas Environmental Impact Statement (EIS/OEIS) development process. The Navy is preparing this analysis to supplement the GOA Navy Training Activities Final EIS/OEIS, completed with   community input in May 2011. A supplement to an environmental impact analysis is prepared when there are new circumstances, information or substantial changes to an action or environmental analysis, relevant to environmental concerns.

The Navy's Proposed Action is to conduct training activities in specific areas of the Gulf of Alaska. To ensure critical training requirements are met, the Navy will:
. Evaluate new, relevant information and incorporate that information
into revised analyses where appropriate
. Analyze data using a new acoustic model to estimate potential effects
on various marine species
. Renew current federal regulatory permits and authorizations

The Navy's original purpose and need, Proposed Action and alternatives
as presented in the GOA Final EIS/OEIS remain unchanged and therefore
will not be reanalyzed in the Supplemental EIS/OEIS. No new activities
or alternatives to conduct Navy training in the Gulf of Alaska are planned.

The Proposed Action of the Supplemental EIS/OEIS is the Preferred
Alternative of the 2011 GOA Final EIS/OEIS and Record of Decision, which
includes two large-scale joint force exercises, occurring over a maximum
time period of up to 21 consecutive days during the summer months (April
through October).

The Navy will comply with and/or consider all applicable federal
regulations, such as the Marine Mammal Protection Act, Endangered
Species Act, Magnuson Stevens Fisheries Conservation and Management Act,
and National Marine Sanctuaries Act.

Given that the Navy's Proposed Action and alternatives have not changed,
public scoping meetings will not be held, but public comments will be
accepted during the scoping period from January 16, 2013 to March 18,
2013. Government agencies and the public are encouraged to submit
written comments on the scope, content and concerns to be considered in
the development of the Draft Supplemental EIS/OEIS, tentatively
scheduled for release in summer of 2014.

The Navy is accepting comments throughout the 60-day public comment
period, from Jan. 16, 2013 to March 18, 2013. All comments must be
postmarked or received online by March 18, 2013, for consideration in
the Draft Supplemental EIS/OEIS. Written comments may be submitted via
the project website at www.GOAEIS.com or by mail to:

Naval Facilities Engineering Command Northwest
Attention: Mrs. Amy Burt - GOA Supplemental EIS/OEIS Project Manager
1101 Tautog Circle, Suite 203
Silverdale, WA 98315-1101

Visit the project website at www.GOAEIS.com to learn more about the
project and submit comments.

Media seeking further information should contact Ms. Liane Nakahara,
Navy Region Northwest Public Affairs Specialist, at 360-396-1630
(office) or 360-340-5372 (cell).
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