Letters to the Editor

JBLM: Base inappropriate as missile-testing site

I am opposed to relocating the HIMARS missile-launching program from the Yakima Firing Range to Joint Base Lewis-McChord because:

▪  The Yakima Firing Range is in a low-density population area, of shrub-scrub semi-desert terrain. The dense Interstate 5 corridor is not appropriate for a missile-launching program.

▪  To save $200,000 to $500,000 per year in transportation expenses by moving HIMARS to JBLM, in a military budget of several trillion dollars, is infinitesimal.

▪  It is entirely unacceptable to add 110 to 135 decibels by HIMARS missile-launching to Western Washington, already overburdened by the increased late-night noise of helicopters and fixed-wing craft we’ve experienced over the past two-plus years.

▪  The original inhabitants of the land on which JBLM sits, the Nisqually Indian Tribe, will perversely bear the most impact of the increased noise and pollution of HIMARS, Show some understanding of history.

I strongly suggest replacing the simple checklist review of the Environmental Assessment (EA) tool with the more in-depth Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) process.