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Draft Deliberative Document-For Discussion Purposes Only-Do Not Release Under FOIA DCN 909
INSTALLATION ENVIRONMENTAL PROFILE
NA VAL AIR STA TION WHIDBEY ISLAND, WA
1. Air Quality (DoD Question #210-225):
a. The Clean Air Act (CAA) establishes health-based standards for air quality and all areas
of the country are monitored to determine if they meet the standards. A major limiting
factor is whether the installation is in an area designated nonattainment or maintenance
(air quality is not meeting the standard) and is therefore subject to more stringent
requirements, including the CAA General Conformity Rule. Conformity requires that any
new emissions from military sources brought into the area must be offset by credits or
accounted for in the State Implementation Plan (SIP) emissions budget. The criteria
pollutants of concern include: CO, 03 (1 hour & 8 Hour), and PM (PM10, and PM2.5).
Installations in attainment areas are not restricted, while activities for installations in non-
attainment areas may be restricted. Non-attainment areas are classified as to the degree
of non-attainment: Marginal, Moderate, Serious, and in the case of 03, Severe and
Extreme. SIP Growth Allowances and Emission Reduction Credits are tools that can be
used to accommodate increased emissions in a manner that conforms to a state's SIP.
All areas of the country require operating permits if emissions from stationary sources
exceed certain threshold amounts. Major sources already exceed the amount and are
subject to permit requirements. Synthetic minor means the base has accepted legal limits
to its emissions to stay under the major source threshold. Natural or true minor means
the actual and potential emissions are below the threshold.
b. NAVAL AIR STATION WHIDBEY ISLAND, WA is in Attainment for all Criteria Pollutants.
It holds a CAA Major Operating Permit. Emission credit programs may be available.
2. Cultural/Archeological/Tribal Resources (DoD Question #229-237):
a. Many installations have historical, archeological, cultural and Tribal sites of interest.
These sites and access to them often must be maintained, or consultation is typically
required before changes can be made. The sites and any buffers surrounding them may
reduce the quantity or quality of land or airspace available for training and maneuvers or
even construction of new facilities. The presence of such sites needs to be recognized,
but the fact that restrictions actually occur is the overriding factor the data call is trying to
identify. A programmatic agreement with the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO)
facilitates management of these sites.
b. Historic property has been identified on NAVAL AIR STATION WHIDBEY ISLAND, WA.
There is no programmatic agreement for historic property in place with the SHPO. It has
sites with high archeological potential identified, which do not restrict construction and do
not restrict operations. The installation has potential archeological restrictions to future
3. Dredging (DoD Question # 226-228):
a. Dredging allows for free navigation of vessels through ports, channels, and rivers.
Identification of sites with remaining capacity for the proper disposal of dredge spoil is the
primary focus of the profile. However, the presence of unexploded ordnance or any other
impediment that restricts the ability to dredge is also a consideration.
b. NAVAL AIR STATION WHIDBEY ISLAND, WA has no impediments to dredging.
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