MOUNT VERNON, Wash. — An advocacy group in Washington state has asked a federal judge to require the Navy to reduce the number of Growler aircraft flights at a military airport until a lawsuit is settled over the number of practice flights.
The group is dedicated to removing the EA-18G Growler jet training flights from the Puget Sound region.
Since March, the Navy has added 36 aircraft at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island and shifted most of its aircraft operations to Outlying Field Coupeville, increasing flights by about 20,000 each year, court documents said.
The airport is near the town of Coupeville and subjects residents to extreme noise, documents said.
The injunction would move operations to other locations available to the Navy if granted by a judge.
Officials near Naval Air Station Whidbey Island are at odds over Washington state's lawsuit against the Navy in its plans to expand jet operations there.
The lawsuit at the center of the injunction was filed against the Navy in July by the advocacy group and the state of Washington.
The Navy failed to adequately measure impacts to public health and wildlife before expanding operations, state Attorney General Bob Ferguson said.
Citizens of the Ebey’s Reserve is seeking an injunction, since resolution of the lawsuit is not expected for at least six months, documents said.
Washington state sued the Navy on Tuesday over its expansion of jet operations on an island north of Seattle, saying officials failed to adequately consider the effect that additional noisy flights would have on people or wildlife.