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Citizens for Ebey’s Reserve group to hold meeting on jet noise, public health

November 7, 2013 · Updated 11:18 AM

A man uses his fingers to block out the noise of a jet taking off at the U.S. Navy’s Outlying Field in Coupeville. A group opposed to flight operations at the facility is holding a special meeting this month on jet noise and its effects on public health. / Record file

The group opposed to flight operations at the U.S. Navy’s Outlying Field Coupeville will hold a meeting on Central Whidbey later this month, focusing on jet noise and its effect on public health.

The meeting is being sponsored by the Citizens of Ebey’s Reserve and will run from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 19, at the Coupeville Recreation Hall, 901 N.W. Alexander St.

According to a news release from the group, University of Washington experts will make presentations concerning the effect of jet noise on “children and human health in general.”

“This free educational forum, specifically prepared for this event, is for anyone interested in scientific studies regarding the growing concern for how jet noise impacts our health,” according to the new release.

The featured speakers include Karen Bowman, Dr. Catherine Karr and Nancy Beaudet. Bowman is a registered nurse, an environmental health specialist and a member of the Washington State Nurses Association while Karr is a pediatrician with a doctoral degree in epidemiology and master’s degree in environmental health/toxicology. She is also the director of the Northwest Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Unit.

Beaudet is an exposure scientist for the Northwest Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Unit and the University of Washington Occupational and Environmental Medicine Clinic. She investigates chemical, physical and biological exposure, and has extensive

experience conducting compliance inspections for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries.

“We are so lucky to have experts like Karen, Catherine and Nancy available to us for this forum, so local citizens can understand and discuss the impacts of jet noise on human health,” said Coupeville resident and group member Maryon Attwood, in the news release. “The more studies that are completed, the stronger the links seem to become between jet noise and adverse cardiac impacts.”

For details, visit http://citizensofebeysreserve.com


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