PLANE TRUTHS, a new documentary by filmmakers Mark Dworkin and Melissa Young, examines the community impacts of U.S. Navy expansion in Northwestern Washington from the Pacific coast, over the Olympic Peninsula, throughout the Salish Sea, the San Juan Islands, Whidbey Island, Anacortes, the Skagit Valley and the North Cascades.
Recent growth of Navy training activities in the Northwest has many local residents concerned. Community members on Whidbey Island, the San Juan Islands, and the Olympic Peninsula are disturbed by an increase in noise caused by new EA-18G “Growler” jets based at Naval Air Station Whidbey (NAS) — and a proposed 47% expansion of daily Growler test flights. On Whidbey, communities have been additionally impacted by water system pollution caused by chemicals used for firefighting on NAS landing strips.
The new 30-minute film PLANE TRUTHS explores a variety of perspectives on these issues from farmers, current and retired military personnel, environmentalists and other citizens of the affected areas. Viewers will learn how the noise of the Growler jets affects daily life and business operations in many communities, the regional environmental impacts of expanded Growler flights and newly approved Navy training in Olympic National Forest, potential economic ramifications of increased Navy activity and associated population growth, and the status of — and Navy response to — water system pollution on Whidbey Island.