Navy to prepare environmental impact statement on disposal of decommissioned carrier

Meeting about proposal to be held in Bremerton June 25 from 5-8 p.m. at Mountain View Middle School

The U.S. Navy is preparing an Environmental Impact Statement to evaluate the potential environmental impacts associated with the disposal of the decommissioned and defueled ex-Enterprise (CVN 65) aircraft carrier, including its naval reactor plants.

The proposed action would entail dismantling and recycling the remnant hull sections of the ex-Enterprise at a designated facility in accordance with applicable federal, state, and local news, and the removal and packaging of the ex-Enterprise reactor plants for transportation and disposal as low-level radioactive waste to authorized disposal sites.

“The purpose of the proposed action is to reduce the Navy’s inactive ship inventory, eliminate costs associated with maintaining the ship in a safe stowage condition, and dispose of legacy radiological and hazardous wastes in an environmentally responsible manner, while meeting the operational needs of the Navy.”

The public is invited to attend an open house meeting in Bremerton, June 25 to learn about the proposal and submit comments on the scope of the study, including potential viable alternatives and environmental issues for analysis. Meetings will be held in an open-house format, with poster displays and subject matter experts available for questions.

The meeting will be held from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Mountain View Middle School.