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Whidbey Island Navy neighbors suing over noise

Jul. 24, 2013 - 08:05AM   |  
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COUPEVILLE, WASH. — Some Whidbey Island, Wash., residents upset with the noise of Navy jets are suing in an effort to quiet things down.

Resident Maryon Attwood told KOMO-TV that she has to wear ear protection headphones just to sleep when the Navy practices “touch and go” landings and takeoffs at a nearby outlying field runway.

She said she and other neighbors asked the Navy to close the field but got no response. So they decided to file suit in federal court.

The lawsuit accuses the Navy of failing to conduct an environmental review before using the landing strip.

KOMO reports that the Navy said it is suspending touch and go exercises on the runway for the rest of the year. In a statement, the Navy said that decision “is not considered to be sustainable for the long term.”

Neighbors fear that, come January, the jets will take off day and night from nearby Naval Air Station Whidbey three to four times a week.

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