Description: Challenge to the environmental review for the expansion of "Growler" aircraft operations at the Naval Air Station Whidbey Island.
Washington v. U.S. Department of the Navy
Filing Date Type File Action Taken Summary 08/02/2022 Order Download Cross-motions for summary judgment granted in part and denied in part. Washington Federal Court Adopted Finding that Navy Failed to Adequately Disclose Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Other Impacts of Increased Growler Aircraft Operations. The federal district court for the Western District of Washington adopted a report and recommendation finding that the Navy violated NEPA when it authorized expansion of EA-18G “Growler” aircraft operations at the Naval Air Station Whidbey Island. The report and recommendation found that the Navy had “turn[ed] a blind eye to data that would not support [its] intended result” of increasing Growler operations, including by underreporting Growler fuel emissions and failing to disclose that it was not including any emissions for flights above 3,000 feet, even after receiving a comment on this issue. 12/10/2021 Report and Recommendation Download Report and recommendation issued. 06/22/2021 Reply Download Citizens of Ebey's Reserve's filed reply brief in support of summary judgment response to Navy's motion for summary judgment. 06/22/2021 Response Download Washington filed combined response to federal defendants' motion for summary judgment and reply in support of Washington's motion for summary judgment. 05/11/2021 Motion for Summary Judgment Download Federal defendants filed cross-motion for summary judgment and consolidated opposition to plaintiffs' motions for summary judgment. 03/30/2021 Motion for Summary Judgment Download Motion for summary judgment filed by Citizens for Ebey's Reserve and Paula Spina. 03/30/2021 Motion for Summary Judgment Download Motion for summary judgment filed by Washington. 07/09/2019 Complaint Download Complaint filed.