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The National Marine Fisheries Service is requesting public comments on its proposed rule to issue regulations and subsequent Letters of Authorization to the Navy to incidentally take marine mammals during specified activities. Public comments will be accepted through Aug. 9, 2018.
A Public Involvement Summary Report, which summarizes the public involvement and outreach activities conducted by the Navy and the main issues heard from the public during the Draft EIS/OEIS Public Review and Comment Period, is available to view.
The public comment period for the Hawaii-Southern California Training and Testing Draft EIS/OEIS was open from Oct. 13, 2017, to Dec. 12, 2017. The public was encouraged to submit substantive comments on the Draft EIS/OEIS during this period.
Public meetings were held in Hawaii and San Diego from Nov. 6, 2017, through Nov. 13, 2017. Meetings included an open house information session with poster stations staffed by Navy representatives, followed by a brief presentation by the Navy and a public oral comment session.
A project fact sheet booklet is now available and contains information about Navy training and testing activities and the findings contained in the Draft EIS/OEIS.
View the Notice of Availability and Notice of Public Meetings for the Hawaii-Southern California Training and Testing Draft EIS/OEIS published in the Federal Register.
Welcome to the U.S. Navy's website for the Hawaii-Southern California Training and Testing Environmental Impact Statement/Overseas Environmental Impact Statement (EIS/OEIS).
The Navy has prepared a Draft EIS/OEIS to re-evaluate potential environmental impacts associated with ongoing naval training and research, development, testing, and evaluation (hereafter referred to as “training and testing”) activities conducted within existing Navy range complexes in Hawaii and Southern California, and the transit corridor that connects them. These activities involve the use of active sound navigation and ranging (sonar) and explosives while employing marine species protective mitigation measures.
This EIS/OEIS supports the issuance of federal regulatory permits and authorizations under the Marine Mammal Protection Act and the Endangered Species Act. The Navy previously completed an EIS/OEIS in December 2013 for training and testing activities occurring within the Hawaii-Southern California Training and Testing EIS/OEIS Study Area from 2013 to 2018. The Navy has updated this analysis by evaluating new, relevant information, such as more recent marine mammal density data and new scientific information, as appropriate. This updated EIS/OEIS will support future training and testing activities beginning in 2018.
Click the image below to watch an informational video about the importance of Navy training and testing in the Hawaii-Southern California Training and Testing EIS/OEIS Study Area.