State of California et al v. Trump et al

Filing 220

MOTION for Partial Summary Judgment Re Section 2808 and NEPA filed by Commonwealth of Virginia, State of California, State of Colorado, State of Hawaii, State of Maryland, State of New Mexico, State of New York, State of Oregon, State of Wisconsin. Motion Hearing set for 11/20/2019 10:00 AM in Oakland, Courtroom 2, 4th Floor before Judge Haywood S Gilliam Jr.. Responses due by 10/25/2019. Replies due by 11/1/2019. (Attachments: # 1 Appendix of Declarations re: Environmental Harms, # 2 Declaration of Colonel William Green, # 3 Declaration of Alison Lynn Reaser, # 4 Declaration of Heather Leslie, # 5 Request for Judicial Notice ISO Mot for Partial Summary Judgment Re Section 2808 and NEPA, # 6 Proposed Order Granting Motion for Partial Summary Judgment, # 7 Certificate/Proof of Service)(Leslie, Heather) (Filed on 10/11/2019)

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1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 XAVIER BECERRA Attorney General of California ROBERT W. BYRNE SALLY MAGNANI MICHAEL L. NEWMAN Senior Assistant Attorneys General MICHAEL P. CAYABAN CHRISTINE CHUANG EDWARD H. OCHOA Supervising Deputy Attorneys General BRIAN BILFORD SPARSH KHANDESHI LEE I. SHERMAN JANELLE M. SMITH JAMES F. ZAHRADKA II HEATHER C. LESLIE (SBN 305095) Deputy Attorney General State Bar No. 305095 1300 I Street, Suite 125 P.O. Box 944255 Sacramento, CA 94244-2550 Telephone: (916) 210-7832 Fax: (916) 327-2319 Attorneys for Plaintiff State of California 13 14 15 IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE NORTHERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA 16 OAKLAND DIVISION 17 18 19 STATE OF CALIFORNIA, et al.; 20 Plaintiffs, DECLARATION OF COLONEL WILLIAM GREEN IN SUPPORT OF v. PLAINTIFFS’ MOTION FOR SUMMARY JUDGMENT re: SECTION DONALD J. TRUMP, in his official capacity 2808 AND NEPA as President of the United States of America; Date: November 20, 2019 et al.; Time: 10:00 am Honorable Haywood S. Gilliam, Defendants. Judge: Jr. Trial Date: None Set Action Filed: February 18, 2019 21 22 23 24 25 Case No. 4:19-cv-00872-HSG 26 27 28 Decl. of Col. William Green ISO Mot. for Summary Judgment re: Section 2808 and NEPA (4:19-cv-00872-HSG) 1 I, Col. William Green, declare as follows: 2 1. 3 4 I have personal knowledge of each fact stated in this declaration, and if called as a witness could competently testify thereto. 2. I am a Colonel with the California Air National Guard (ANG) and currently serve as 5 the California ANG’s Director of Operations. In this capacity, I advise the Adjutant General and 6 other California Military Department senior leaders on federal issues affecting the State of 7 California. Additionally, I advise the Commander of the California ANG on the readiness of over 8 4800 military and civilian personnel across five wings and ensure that they are postured and 9 prepared to support national defense requirements and emergency response, relief and recovery 10 operations throughout the State of California. I am also a command pilot with more than 6000 11 military and civilian flying hours in the C-130J, WC130J, EC-130J, B-787, S80, B727, T-38, T- 12 37 and T-41 aircraft. I have accrued over 400 combat hours in the tactical environment in support 13 of multiple deployments. I have served as a C-130J Instructor Pilot and a C-130J Command 14 Evaluator Pilot. I am also an instructor and designated Subject Matter Expert with respect to the 15 Modular Aerial Fire Fighting System (MAFFS). 16 3. The California ANG is a component of the California National Guard, a federally 17 funded California military force that is part of the National Guard of the United States. The 18 California National Guard is the second largest National Guard force in the United States with a 19 total authorized strength of over 23,000 soldiers and airmen. The Constitution of the United 20 States charges the National Guard with dual federal and state missions. 21 4. The California ANG is comprised of citizen airmen that fill the ranks of five air 22 wings strategically positioned across California to support the state and nation in times of need. 23 The California ANG’s highly specialized servicemen and women leverage a variety of aviation 24 platforms and combat tested expertise to perform a full spectrum of missions. Their missions 25 include providing homeland air defense for all of the Western United States and providing direct 26 support to combatant commanders overseas, as well as assisting in search and rescue missions 27 along the Pacific Coast and combatting wildfires throughout the state of California and throughout 28 the United States. 1 Decl. of Col. William Green ISO Mot. for Summary Judgment re Section 2808 and NEPA (4:19-cv-00872-HSG) 1 5. The California ANG’s 146th Airlift Wing is part of the reserve component of the 2 United States Air Force supporting Air Mobility Command and is headquartered at the Channel 3 Islands Air National Guard Base (ANGB) in Port Hueneme, California. The 146th Airlift Wing is 4 a combat ready organization prepared to support the U.S. and allied forces, as well as provide 5 disaster response, humanitarian relief, and large scale aerial firefighting capabilities to the state of 6 California and the nation. 7 6. The 146th Airlift Wing employs the Lockheed C-130J “Super Hercules” aircraft. The 8 146th Airlift Wing’s tactical airlift mission is one of the most training-intensive in the Mobility 9 Air Forces. 10 7. In addition to standard military flight training, the 146th Airlift Wing is responsible to 11 train to its demanding aerial firefighting mission. The 146th Airlift Wing is one of only four units 12 in the country equipped with MAFFS, an integrated airborne delivery system for battling large 13 fires. The MAFFS modules, which are loaded into the cargo bays of the C-130J aircraft, are 14 capable of discharging 3,000 gallons of water or fire retardant in less than five seconds, covering 15 an area a quarter mile long by 100 feet, specializing in large fire containment operations. 16 8. As part of the California ANG’s function in responding to state emergencies, the 146th 17 Airlift Wing is frequently called-up to combat wildfires in California and the western United 18 States. Over the past six years, they have been activated 11 times, performing over 775 fire drops 19 supporting efforts to combat 45 different wildfires. These have included large and increasingly 20 common destructive incidents in California, such as the Rim, Thomas, Mendocino Complex, Carr 21 and recent Woolsey fires. The 2018 fire season was the largest and most destructive in California 22 history. 23 9. With the exception of flights within combat zones where anti-aircraft defenses are 24 present, the firefighting mission presents the greatest risk to the 146th Airlift Wing C-130J 25 aircrew. This is because the firefighting mission requires the C-130J pilots to fly aircraft at lower 26 than standard altitudes, slow air speeds and nonstandard configurations in order to deliver 27 retardant in the prescribed manner. Additionally, these flights often take place in mountainous 28 2 Decl. of Col. William Green ISO Mot. for Summary Judgment re Section 2808 and NEPA (4:19-cv-00872-HSG) 1 terrain with reduced visibility and rapidly changing weather conditions. The mission also requires 2 California C-130J flight crews to train and operate with civil agency partners that fly dissimilar 3 aircraft, such as the United States Forest Service (USFS) and the California Department of 4 Forestry and Fire Protection (CalFire). 5 10. I am familiar with the training requirements for airmen piloting the C-130J aircraft. 6 In addition to monthly ground and in-flight training, C-130J aircrew are required to participate in 7 at least one week of refresher simulator training emphasizing complex emergency procedures, 8 challenging and unusual aircraft maneuvers and crew coordination at a certified C-130J flight 9 simulator on annual basis. Aircrew from the 146th Airlift Wing currently travel to Keesler Air 10 Force Base in Biloxi, Mississippi, at an approximate cost of $360,000 annually, to accomplish 11 this simulator training. 12 11. C-130J flight crews also participate in an annual, one-week training course relating to 13 firefighting missions. This one-week training course, which includes flight training and water 14 drops, is coordinated with the USFS. Similar to actual firefighting missions, the training often 15 takes place over mountainous terrain, at lower-than-normal altitudes and at slow air speeds. 16 12. Rising aircraft sustainment costs, extensive flight training requirements and limited 17 military budgets inspired military acquisition of the C-130J flight simulators, which are designed 18 to provide realistic training at a fraction of the cost of actual aircraft flight operations. 19 13. Flight simulators have been installed or programmed for installation at all C-130J 20 mobility air bases to meet current and future training demands. Based on currently scheduled 21 installation dates, in 2022, Channel Islands ANGB will be the only remaining C-130J base in the 22 Mobility Air Forces without a flight simulator. 23 14. The C-130J flight simulator is designed to provide the majority of all initial, mission, 24 continuation and upgrade C-130J training. Command training managers estimate that on site 25 simulators account for approximately 40% of all training requirements previously conducted in 26 the aircraft alone. This reduced training demand on the aircraft has resulted in increased 27 availability for required maintenance and operational missions. 28 3 Decl. of Col. William Green ISO Mot. for Summary Judgment re Section 2808 and NEPA (4:19-cv-00872-HSG) 1 15. During the FY2019 budgeting cycle, after undergoing the lengthy process to evaluate 2 and prioritize proposed military construction projects, Congress appropriated $8,000,000 for the 3 purpose of constructing a facility at the Channel Islands ANGB to house a C-130J flight 4 simulator, which was secured by the U.S. Air Force’s Air Mobility Command at a cost of 5 $29,000,000. Initial efforts by California ANG to secure the simulator began over ten years ago. 6 16. The California ANG anticipates delivery of the C-130J flight simulator at the 7 Channel Islands ANGB in March 2022. However, the Channel Islands ANGB cannot receive a 8 fully functional simulator unless and until the simulator facility is constructed. 9 17. Access to the flight simulator at the Channel Islands ANGB is essential because it 10 would provide the 146th Airlift Wing’s flight crews with realistic flight training opportunities 11 without the expense or risks associated with flight training in the aircraft. In fact, the simulator 12 was specifically designed to provide the most realistic training simulation of all critical mission 13 sets for two California C-130J units. It is fully reconfigurable to support both the tactical airlift 14 mission of the 146th Airlift Wing at Channel Islands Air National Guard Station, as well as the 15 aerial refueling mission of the 129th Rescue Wing at Moffett Field in Sunnyvale, California. It is 16 also scheduled to be modified in 2024, to network with other flight simulators around the world 17 allowing aircrew at Channel Islands ANGB to participate in large, complex integrated training 18 scenarios and exercises without ever leaving home station. It can also be used to train aircrew 19 whenever new software modifications are employed on the aircraft. 20 18. Finally, the flight simulator at the Channel Islands ANGB would include an enhanced 21 software suite that simulates aerial firefighting, one of California’s most critical domestic threats. 22 This training capability is significant because, as noted, the firefighting mission is extremely 23 challenging and the threat of large wild fires remains high. The flight simulator would enable the 24 California ANG to provide its C-130J flight crews with firefighting-specific training in 25 circumstances that simulate these dangerous conditions. Importantly, the California ANG would 26 be able to augment its annual week-long aerial firefighting training program, greatly enhancing 27 mission proficiency and thereby improving the California ANG’s ability to safely and effectively 28 respond to wildfire threats. 4 Decl. of Col. William Green ISO Mot. for Summary Judgment re Section 2808 and NEPA (4:19-cv-00872-HSG) 1 19. With the availability of higher-paying commercial aviation jobs, it is becoming 2 increasingly difficult for the California ANG to retain aircrew with the requisite experience 3 necessary to participate safely in its firefighting mission. The availability of enhanced aerial 4 firefighting training in a flight simulator is particularly important to the California ANG because 5 it would allow the 146th Airlift Wing to introduce aerial firefighting training to all of its air crews, 6 regardless of experience, in a safe, efficient and effective manner. With additional training 7 opportunities made possible through the use of a flight simulator, it would also accelerate the 8 development of crews with less firefighting experience, which helps offset the loss of experienced 9 aerial firefighters leaving the organization for careers with commercial airlines. 10 20. Recently, the California Military Department was advised that $8,000,000 in funds to 11 construct a C-130J Simulator Facility at the Channel Islands ANGB were being diverted to other 12 executive branch projects. 13 21. Over the past several years, large, rapidly-moving wildfires have become increasingly 14 common in California. Aircraft equipped with firefighting systems, such as the C-130J equipped 15 with the MAFFS, have proven to be essential tools in protecting Californians and their 16 communities by slowing the spread of these massive wildfires. Use of aerial firefighting tools aid 17 firefighters on the ground attempting to contain these fires and often give citizens needed time to 18 escape dangerous areas. Aerial firefighting has saved lives and property. 19 22. The additional simulator training was intended to ensure mission preparedness and 20 minimize the costs and risks associated with the robust flight training requirements associated 21 with the tactical combat airlift mission. The availability of a C-130J flight simulator at the 22 Channel Islands ANGB would have permitted the California ANG to provide its aircrews with 23 more combat mission training and more training specific to firefighting missions throughout the 24 year. 25 23. As a consequence of the decision to defund the project to construct the facility that is 26 needed to house the C-130J flight simulator, the California ANG’s C-130J flight crews will not 27 receive the intended benefits of the additional simulator training throughout the year and the 146th 28 5 Decl. of Col. William Green ISO Mot. for Summary Judgment re Section 2808 and NEPA (4:19-cv-00872-HSG) 1 Airlift Wing’s flight crews will receive less training in aerial firefighting than they would have 2 following receipt of the simulator. 3 24. Also, because the availability of flight simulator training would have offset the loss 4 of experienced aerial firefighters to the commercial airlines, the defunding of the flight simulator 5 facility would also make it more difficult for the 146th Airlift Wing to maintain its current level 6 of aerial firefighting experience potentially impacting its ability to meet increasing mission 7 demands. 8 25. Accordingly, the defunding of this project will have significant negative impacts on 9 the Channel Island ANGB’s operations, placing at risk the California ANG’s ability to maintain 10 its current level of effectiveness in responding to the growing threat of California wildfires and 11 causing a potential increased risk to public health and safety of Californians and their 12 communities. 13 14 I declare under penalty of perjury that the foregoing is true and correct and that this declaration was executed on October 10, 2019, in Port Hueneme, California. 15 16 17 ____________________________ WILLIAM C. GREEN, Jr., Colonel CA ANG Director of Operations 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 6 Decl. of Col. William Green ISO Mot. for Summary Judgment re Section 2808 and NEPA (4:19-cv-00872-HSG)

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