Navy to Begin Remedial Actions at Former Lake Hancock Target Range

(SILVERDALE)- Naval Facilities Engineering Command Northwest, in cooperation with the Washington State Department of Ecology, will begin remedial actions to remove practice munitions from the Former Lake Hancock Target Range in November 2018.

LHTR is part of the Naval Air Station Whidbey Island complex and is located approximately five miles south of Coupeville, Wash. The Navy has conducted four surface munition removal projects and several environmental investigations to determine if any material potentially presents an explosive hazard remain onsite.

The results of previous investigations found no residual munition concentrations present in surface soil, sediment, or surface water at the Former LHTR; however, the possible presence of potentially hazardous explosive material remaining on site is a public safety concern.

Based on available information and in order to preserve the overall integrity of the wetland, the remedial actions will consist of surface removal in and around the Target Area and Beachfront with land use controls such as fencing, signage, annual/five year inspections and removals as necessary.

A public meeting with informational posters and subject matter experts was held at Greenbank Farm on July 11, 2016.

For additional details regarding the planned work, go to the Naval Air Station Whidbey Island Record of Decision for the LHTR at: