The U.S. Navy’s fighter jet training on Whidbey Island near Coupeville is scheduled to increase 600%. Meanwhile, the Navy’s cover-up of its contamination of public and private water wells in the area has locals up in arms.
As reported in the San Juan Journal, the public health and safety of residents is threatened by toxic chemicals linked to cancer, birth defects and heart disease. As environmental consultant Rick Abraham–working with Citizens of Ebey’s Reserve–remarked, “The Navy’s approach to this pollution problem is no different than that of any big industrial polluter seeking to avoid criticism, reduce liability, and continue business-as-usual.”
Downplaying the seriousness of the problem, dragging out investigations, and keeping the public in the dark is what they too often do.