23rd July 2019
SOC held its annual meeting this past Sunday. We elected officers & Board members: click here to see who they are.
Mayor J oe Marine & Council member Jennifer Gregerson attended and Mayor Marine let us know that Mukilteo will formally appeal the FAA's Final Environmental Assessment (FEA) TODAY (Friday), which marks the filing deadline. Through his efforts, at least one other City will join the lawsuit (Edmonds). In addition, SOC is joining the lawsuit along with some of SOC's Board members as private citizens. We're proud of the City's efforts and feel the fight has begun to hold the FAA accountable for its complete policy failure under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA.) As you know, the FAA concluded that scheduled air service in our region will have "no significant impact." Go to our website at socnw.org and read the main bullets on the home page to learn more.
While the NEPA fight has begun, we must also fight on the SEPA front (the State Environmental Policy Act.) In many cases, the County Council simply adopts NEPA findings to complete a parallel SEPA review. This should not be one of those cases. The NEPA policy was materially, substantially, and egregiously flawed. The County should perform its own SEPA study independent of the FAA's flawed NEPA study. While some County Council members have expressed concerns and agree with SOC, several others remain unconvinced. We are aware of some erroneous arguments (myths) used to push the flawed NEPA through the SEPA process. SOC created a "Myth vs Reality" piece to counter this--click here to see it.
Then, contact the County Council at firstname.lastname@example.org
Here is some suggested wording for the County Council (cut and paste to your email) and feel free to use your own.
Snohomish County Council:
Do not accept the FAA's flawed study and Finding of No
Significant Impact -- it doesn't comply with federal law and
it doesn't comply with state law. Reject the FAA promise
to do more studies in the future and reject the FAA's study
for the SEPA. As our elected leaders, we expect you to
enforce the law. Require a new comprehensive SEPA study
of all the impacts of a growing number of flights. And,
legitimately study the alternatives as required -- the FAA
didn't. Don't let the FAA make you and your citizens pay
for the impacts of starting and growing commercial flights
from Paine Field year after year. Do the right thing.
Serve our communities' well being for the long term.
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