|Subject: Monday's Virginian Pilot News Report February 10, 2003|
On the front page of Monday's Pilot, the newspaper prominently and inaccurately
reported CCAJN's position regarding the siting of Navy Super Hornet aircraft on the East Coast.
CCAJN's position -- which has been communicated repeatedly to the media and others since
the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) was made public -- is that CCAJN
strongly supports a minimum of four Super Hornets squadrons being home-based
at MCAS Cherry Point -- as well as the construction of an Outlying Landing Field (OLF).
Also as previously reported by us, CCAJN -- in its response to the DEIS -- asked the Navy
to study the possibility of siting 5 to 6 Super Hornets squadrons at Cherry Point.
Limiting the number of aircraft sited at Cherry Point to two squadrons (known as Alternative 6)
will have the following effect on Hampton Roads, as indicated by the Navy itself i
n the D5-6 Super Hornet DEIS, Executive Summary ES 22-23:
"Under Alternative 6, approximately 123,148 people would be within the greater than 65 DNL
noise zones around NAS Oceana and NALF Fentress, compared to 86,203
people under the modeled 2000 noise zones (the Navy's estimate of current noise
conditions) -- a 43% increase over existing conditions.
The DNL and Leq for each of the schools within the greater than 65 DNL noise zones would
increase between 2 and 5 dB over existing conditions. If an OLF is constructed
to support the FCLP operations of the Super Hornets squadrons at NAS Oceana,
the number of people located within the greater than 65 DNL noise zones would be 110,572
-- a 28% increase over existing conditions.
Construction of an OLF would decrease the DNL and Leq at schools around NAS
Oceana by 1 to 2 dB compared to ALT 6 without an OLF........" "Projected aircraft emissions associated with ALT 6 are anticipated to
exceed the de minimus threshold of VOC's, an ozone precursor, under the
Clean Air Act's General Conformity Rule during the transition years, but
would be below de minimus thresholds after 2008......Operations of the
Super Hornet would result in a final net increase in emissions of VOC's and
CO of 68.9 tons and 1,328.2 tons, respectively, under ALT 6 without an
OLF....Operations of the Super Hornets squadrons would result in a net
increase in emissions of VOC's and CO, 66.8 tons and 1,318.3 tons,
respectively, under ALT 6 with an OLF...." (emphasis added) Homebasing a minimum of four (4) Super Hornet squadrons at Cherry Point -
along with the construction of a second OLF - is essential if the quality
of life of this area is to be enhanced and preserved!