Navy’s new jet won’t need EIS
November 13, 2012 · Updated 2:39 PM
The transition of Expeditionary Electronic Attack (VAQ) squadrons at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island from EA-6B Prowlers to EA-18G Growlers will have no significant environmental impact, according to the Final Environmental Assessment released by the Navy.
Because of the finding of “no significant impact,” the preparation of an Environmental Impact Statement regarding the transition from the older Prowlers to the newer Growlers is not necessary.
Public comments were received on the draft assessment until Aug. 31.
Under the proposed action, each expeditionary squadron would increase from the present four to five aircraft. The Navy said there would be no change in the training program that would cause any changes to current flight operations.