Navy seeks to expand its testing ranges in Washington

The U.S. Navy is going through a public process to expand its testing ranges at Keyport, in Dabob Bay and off Quinault in the Pacific Ocean.

Navy officials say they will go to considerable lengths to avoid harming marine mammals when testing sonar and other equipment, but some harassment or injury is possible. As a result, they are seeking an incidental take permit from the National Marine Fisheries Service.

Four public hearings have been scheduled for this week. Each will begin with an open house from 5 to 6:30 p.m., followed by a public hearing at 7 p.m.

They will be:
Wednesday at the Naval Undersea Museum in Keyport,
Thursday at North Mason High School,
Monday at Grays Harbor Fire District No. 8,
And Oct. 7 at the Quilcene School multipurpose room.

Comments can be made verbally or in writing by Oct. 27.

For information, check out the Kitsap Sun story by Ed Friedrich or peruse information posted on the Navy’s Web site.

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