On Thursday, U.S. Representatives Derek Kilmer (WA-06) and Rick Larsen (WA-02) sent a letter to President Joe Biden to encourage his Administration to support noise mitigation efforts for the Navy’s EA-18G Growler, based at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island (NASWI), in his Fiscal Year (FY) 2022 budget request. This critical funding would provide technology to quiet the engines and support the installation of sound suppression measures in homes and businesses in impacted communities.
The members wrote, “We understand and support the EA-18G and the important role it plays in our nation’s national security strategy. However, there are legitimate concerns about the impact of the additional EA-18G aircraft in the Pacific Northwest. The Navy has been a long-standing partner in this region and as a responsible partner, it is important that they continue to listen to the concerns of surrounding communities.”
“Members of the Washington delegation have made it a priority to find new solutions to reduce the noise impacts of Growler jets in our region and have passed legislation to help address the concerns of our constituents,” they continued. “[…] We will continue to work with the Navy, other federal agencies, and the local community to identify opportunities to address these concerns and ensure that the Navy works to be a responsible partner. We want to ensure the women and men who serve receive the critical training they need, while working to mitigate the impact of base operations on surrounding communities. As you craft your budget for FY2022, we ask that you keep in mind these efforts and help us find solutions for our constituents.”
The full letter can be found here and below.