Navy submits plans to monitor jet noise in Washington state

MOUNT VERNON, Wash. (AP) — The U.S. Navy has announced plans to monitor jet noise around Naval Air Station Whidbey Island in Washington state and a base in California. The Skagit Valley Herald reported that the Navy submitted the plan to Congress on March 19, outlining a general timeline and the terms for monitoring. The Navy will next submit a monitoring report including testing results, comparisons of the results to previous noise modeling, and any potential changes to operations. The projected timeline is expected to be delayed because of the coronavirus pandemic. Navy officials say details of the meters, their placement, and specific site requirements are not yet known but expect to be coordinated with local officials.