Frequently asked questions are provided for additional project information.
Proposed at-sea training and testing activities within the Study Area are generally consistent with those analyzed in the 2015 Final EIS/OEIS and are similar to activities that have been occurring in the Study Area for decades.
Because the Proposed Action is to continue ongoing military readiness activities, a supplement to the 2015 Final EIS/OEIS was deemed the most appropriate for complying with the National Environmental Policy Act.
The Navy needs to re-analyze at-sea training and testing activities in the Study Area beyond 2020 and document the findings to obtain authorizations and permits as required under the Marine Mammal Protection Act and the Endangered Species Act.
Key updates made in the 2019 Draft Supplemental EIS/OEIS:
The Proposed Action is needed to meet military readiness requirements. At-sea training and testing must be diverse and as realistic as possible to fully prepare military personnel for what they will experience in real-world situations and ensure their success and survival.
Yes. The Navy proposes to continue training and testing activities, which include the use of active sonar within the Study Area, while employing mitigation measures. The Navy reanalyzed the potential environmental effects of sonar use in the Supplemental EIS/OEIS.
In preparing the Supplemental EIS/OEIS, the Navy evaluated each resource area discussed in the 2015 MITT Final EIS/OEIS to determine if reanalysis was necessary due to new information or new analysis methods. The Final Supplemental EIS/OEIS presents the updated analysis for the potential direct, indirect, and cumulative impacts on 13 environmental resource areas:
Avoiding impacts from at-sea training and testing on the marine environment is an important goal for the military. In its commitment to environmental protection, and in compliance with existing laws, permits, and authorizations, the military follows strict guidelines and employs protective measures to reduce effects on marine species while at-sea training and testing.
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