Is the Navy’s Sea-Based X-Band Radar Headed to Everett?

June 9, 2010 at 12:40 pm Leave a comment

The Navy is considering parking its 25-story radar ship at Everett Naval Station. Not everyone thinks that is a good idea, according to a recent Herald article.  Read the Herald article. Community concerns relate to potential health hazards and possible electromagnetic interference with local communication systems. Is the project good for the local economy? Everett Mayor Ray Stephanson says: “There’s not a lot of economic value to the community,” he said. “My understanding is they bring contractors from out of the area.”

This situation points up three important issues:

1. Communities and the Defense Department don’t always agree on things. Everett and Snohomish County see the Naval Station as an important economic development asset. The Navy thus far has been pleased with Everett as a home.

2. Having the facts is essential in deciding how to handle a project of this nature. What real impacts would the radar ship have on the community? What are the Navy’s future plans for Everett? How does the decision to either station or not station the ship at Everett influence future developments at the naval station?

3. A project of this nature speaks to how a community assesses the costs and benefits of development projects. Every project has both benefits and costs.

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