In Case anyone missed it, WRAL TV just reported that Senator Richard Burr has finally come out against the proposed OLF in Washington County. The following is from the WRAL website:
RALEIGH, N.C. — Sen. Richard Burr said Monday he opposes the Navy's plan to build a practice landing field for jet fighters near a wildlife refuge in eastern North Carolina.
In a letter to Secretary of the Navy Donald C. Winter, Burr said the Navy's preferred site in Washington and Beaufort counties for the outlying landing field, or OLF, would be an "untenable proposition."
Attached to the letter was a nearly two-page list of concerns in which Burr, R-North Carolina, said the proposed site would be detrimental to the environment, would negatively impact the local economy and could threaten the safety of military pilots.
Burr's letter comes after the conclusion of a series of public hearings in eastern North Carolina on the issue.
"It is clear to me that there is insurmountable and growing opposition to the Washington County site, which compels me to reject Site C as the Navy's preferred location for the OLF," Burr wrote.
Burr also expressed pessimism over finding an acceptable agreement on the location for the airstrip.
"It has become apparent to me that a solution is as far from being reached today as it ever has been," Burr wrote.