Whidbey Island neighbors sue Navy over jet noises

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KOMO News: Some Whidbey Island residents say Navy jets are so loud that they have to sleep with headphones on, and now they’re suing to get some peace and quiet.

The Navy often practices “touch and gos” at nearby outlying field runway, and everyone involved admits they can be rather loud.

Maryon Attwood lives in the area and said she has to wear ear protection headphones just to get to sleep. She said the noise is unbearable. “They just keep going around and around,” she said.

When she and other neighbors asked the Navy to close the field, she said they got no response. The neighbors decided the best way to get the Navy’s attention was to file suit in federal court.  The lawsuit accuses the Navy of failing to conduct an environmental review before using the landing strip.

In response, the Navy is suspending touch and go exercises on the runway for the rest of the year. However, in a statement, Navy officials say “this decision will create operational impacts and is not considered to be sustainable for the long term.”

Neighbors fear that when January rolls around, the jets will take off day and night from nearby Naval Air Station Whidbey three to four times a week for as many as eight hours a day.

The neighbors worry about what the sound will do to them. Home video taken of a Little League baseball game near the runway shows sound from the jets measured at 112 decibels. The Centers for Disease Control says hearing damage can begin at just 85 decibels.

Attwood said she’s received phone threats and has been accused of being un-American for filing the suit. But she said she just wants what’s best for her community. “And we would like the Navy to be good neighbors,” she said.

The Navy is now doing its touch and go training at NAS Whidbey. The neighbors say they’re pro-Navy and love watching the Blue Angels, but not when it’s every day, and not when it’s in their backyards.

Unless residents bought their property before 21 Sep 1942 (the date the base was commissioned), wouldn’t you expect air noise from a naval air station? Why did you choose to buy property there and not expect any noise?

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japoa
7 years ago

Your last paragraph sums it all up ! What did they think they were moving next to , a half way house for recovering mimes ? Duhhhhhhhhhhh………

greenworx
greenworx
7 years ago

Besides, when did the Navy care about how they affect humans or animals? The Navy has been experimenting with a new type of sonar in recent years. Last year, NOAA scientists discovered the use of the new sonar is behind the beaching/deaths of whales and dolphins we’ve been witnessing. This new sonar causes sea mammals to hemorrhage from within, resulting in a very painful death. While everyone was led to believe the beachings may be due to environmental/disease factors, the Navy has smugly kept quiet. And, they have not ceased the use of this sonar technology. So, yea they are… Read more »

greenworx
greenworx
7 years ago

As to the thumbs down to my post, please understand I’m criticizing those at the top who make policy. I would never criticize our men and women who have served and continue to serve our country with honor even when they have to follow orders that conflict with their moral compass.

Dr. Eowyn
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Dr. Eowyn
7 years ago
Reply to  greenworx

You got a “thumbs up” from me! 😀

Auntie Lulu
Auntie Lulu
7 years ago
Reply to  greenworx

You are 100% correct! We see all to often that the “government” sets limits on the behavior of the rest of us–but all to conveniently they feel exempt from obeying set regulations. Just to assure you, I did not take your post as being critical of military members, after all they are just following the orders that come down from the top. I had not heard about this sonar technology, so feel that this is very relative to us today. I had wondered what could be causing deaths of all these animals. After all, if it were environment, why hadn’t… Read more »

Anonymous
Anonymous
7 years ago

Jet noise– the sound of freedom.

hujonwi
7 years ago
Reply to  Anonymous

Yes it is… from somebody who spent 5 years on an Aircraft Carrier…

Annon
Annon
6 years ago

before you rent or buy a house on Whidbey Island you sign a waiver about he noise. So go whine somewhere else…
Why was komo talking about this tonight, Dec 27, 2013?