Guam – In Honolulu today [where it is Tuesday November 15th] JGPO Director Joseph Ludivichi filed notice with the federal court declaring that the Department of the Navy has completed an internal review process of the proposed firing range complex in the Pagat area and “the Navy has determined that additional analysis under the National Environmental Policy Act (“NEPA”) is appropriate.”
The declaration was filed in the lawsuit brought against the Navy by the National Historic Trust, the Guam Historic Trust, “We Are Guahan”, and others. The lawsuit seeks to stop DoD from putting a firing range complex in the Pagat area.
On June 17th Judge Kobayashi denied, without prejudice, DoD’s request for a stay in the lawsuit. The Navy then filed a motion to dismiss “For Lack of Jurisdiction” which was set for a hearing on November 30th.
But Ludivichi’s declaration is now expected to result in a cancellation of that hearing and result in an order from Hawaii District Court Judge Leslie Kobayashi for the Navy to go ahead and conduct that Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement [SEIS] on the proposed firing range complex. That could result in the selection of another site for the proposed range complex.