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Nichols Brothers Expansion

Documents & News Articles - Updated October 2006

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NBBBI Master Plan Application

Letter to Island County Planning from FOHH regarding NBBBI's MPA - January 18, 2005
FOHH response to MPA (This and the file below may be slow to load)

Jan 25, 2005 Letter from Island County Planning to NBBBI — Island County Planning & Community Development Re: Review Comments: NBBBI-Master Permit

Second Review of NBBI Master Plan Application by various government entities

LETTER FROM ISLAND COUNTY PUBLIC WORKS TO COUNTY PLANNING - June 10, 2005 2ndreviewICPW2nd-request

LETTER FROM WA-STATE DEPT. OF ECOLOGY (WDOE) TO ISLAND COUNTY PLANNING - JUNE 10, 2005. 2ndReviewDOE_2nd_request

LETTER FROM ISLAND COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT TO COUNTY PLANNING - Anathelie Dawkins dated June 10th, 2005 - 2ndReviewHealth_2nd_request

LETTER FROM ISLAND COUNTY PLANNING TO NBBBI REQUESTING ADDITIONAL INFO - JUNE 10, 2005 - 2ndReview_let-NB-MPA

FOHH letter to ISLAND COUNTY PLANNING re: NBBBI 15 YR Supplemental MPA.
FOHH comments re Nichols MPA Supplemental Information response Submission Final Version

New Posts - October, 2006

Unretouched photo of red tide in Holmes Harbor, Summer, 2006

(See Holmes Harbor Water Quality section for more on algae blooms)

PI Nichols article
Broken Promises, (October 9, 2006). How paying major fines and bypassing environmental laws makes long-run business sense and why it will likely continue.

KUOW: Weekday
For a fleshed out discussion of what's happening to Puget Sound, click on the the above link for an indepth discussion by Seattle PI reporters Robert McClure and Lisa Stiffler who wrote the PI series on the health of Puget Sound. (Choose from Podcasts or RealAudio/MP3 versions. McClure also wrote Broken Promises.)

NBBBI-DS
EIS submittal to County - October 24, 2005

SkagitRiverSystemsCoop
Swinomish and Sauk-Suiattle Indian Tribes response to Nichols' EIS for expansion

Tulalip EIS Scoping Comments
Tulalip response to Nichols' EIS

FOHH Comments re NBBBI Ramp - June 6, 2006
Fill material volume likely exceeds limits of stated NBBBI project; raises questions

Nichols to build green ferries - May 20, 2006
New plans for more business growth

Noncompliance Notification - February 28, 2006
Letter from DOE regarding NBBBI's handling of salt-water intrusion

FOHH Response to NBBBI MPA EIS Scoping - 11-30-05 _2_ - FOHH believes that Island County Planning must expand the scope of the EIS for a more rigorous, complete and legally sufficient EIS - NOVEMBER 30, 2005

PForPSound NBBBI CommentLetter November 2005final - The People for Puget Sound re: NBBBI EIS scope; also suggest limiting facilities at Holmes Harbor to smaller vessel construction and building larger vessels in a deep-water port.

PSA EIS Scoping Comments - Letter to County Planning from Puget Sound Keepers Alliance expresses alarm that County's limited EIS requirement for NBBBI doesn't address pollution caused by contaminated water from shipbuilding activities and associated runoff into Harbor.

NBBBI Wastewater Permit Documents

Nichols permit from DOE to "...discharge wastewater in acordance with the Special and General Conditions which follow: NicholsBrosBoatBuilders_Permit Stormwater 60805

NBBBI Fact Sheet regarding Stormwater permit - NicholsBrosBoatBuilders_Factsheet Stormwater 60805

Puget Sound Alliance Keeper Comment Letter - July 2005: PugetSound Keeper Comment Ltr July 2005

People for Puget Sound Comment letter to DOE PeopleForPugetSoundNicholsBrosCommentLetterSW July 2005

FOHH Waste Discharge Permit Comments July 7 Final

Island County comments to waste water permit

Department of Ecology News Release - July 23, 2003

Ecology Department penalties total $356,287 in second quarter of 2003
6/26/03 Nichols Brothers Boat Builders Inc. Water-quality permit application contained false statements that concealed plans to construct a marine-launch railway.

6/3/03 Nichols Brothers Boat Builders Inc. Constructed and installed a 600-foot-long, 20-foot-wide marine-rail launch structure without a shoreline permit.

BOARD OF ISLAND COUNTY COMMISSIONERS MINUTES OF MEETING - January 24, 2005
"Is there a conflict of interest for Alison Moss, who is representing Nichols Brothers Boat Builders in a major case currently before the county?"

BOARD OF ISLAND COUNTY COMMISSIONERS MINUTES OF MEETING – REGULAR SESSION – February 28, 2005
"Comments related to Proposed Agreement with Michael R. Yantis Associates, Incl. For Noise Monitoring at Nichols Brothers Boat Builders"

June 3, 2005 - Open letter to the citizens of Island County from Island County Prosecuting Attorney Gregory M. Banks

June 6, 2005 - Letter to the Editor, South Whidbey Record from Island County Prosecuting Attorney Gregory M. Banks

SouthWhidbey Record article Friends Drop Permit Fight Sept 28, 2005


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