Joe Kunzler of Sedro-Woolley started a petition to keep the Coupeville Outlying Field open. He says he thinks Growlers do not exceed lawful noise levels near civilians’ houses, but he wants the Navy to do an environmental impact study to see whether they do.
I asked him what he thinks should be done if the EIS finds that Growlers do damage hearing.
He said two possible options would be 1) to build another OLF, and 2) eminent domain.
He said buying homeowners out would be “the star option.”
To see Mr. Kunzler’s remarks verbatim and in context, go to the comments section of the Whidbey News-Times online.
Eminent domain is the power of the government to take private property for public use by condemning the property and paying the owner whatever the government thinks the property is worth.
The owner can’t say, “No, thanks.” He can either sell, or trust his luck suing the government.
I think signers of Joe Kunzler’s petition who live in the noise zone near OLF should know he is willing for you to lose your homes if the government finds that to be the most cost-effective solution to the problem.