Angry neighbors go to court over Navy Growler noise

The Associated Press

SEATTLE — A group of Whidbey Island residents are asking for an injunction prohibiting Naval Air Station Whidbey Island from using one of its airstrips for Growler operations.

The Seattle Times reports that a motion filed Monday in U.S. District Court in Seattle says that residents near the Outlying Landing Field, the airstrip in question, are suffering from depression, anxiety, elevated blood pressure, anger and other negative health effects because of Growler activities.

The citizens group first filed its lawsuit over the noise in 2013 but it was put on hold.

The EA-18G Growlers are a major part of the Navy presence on Whidbey Island. There are 82 currently in operation.

A Navy spokesman said the Growler is “almost imperceptibly” louder than other planes.

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