Guam – Vice Speaker BJ Cruz sent a letter to Congresswoman Madeleine Bordallo requesting that she obtain an explanation from the Navy regarding their decision to dismiss the San Luis Beach area as a preferred site during the planning for the Carrier Vessel Nuclear berth in Apra Harbor.
Congresswoman Bordallo is the Chair of the Subcommittee on Insular Affairs, Oceans, and Wildlife of the House Natural Resources Committee. The Vice Speaker’s request was prompted by the recent recommendation of three federal regulatory agencies that the Navy consider locating the CVN berth to the San Luis Beach area rather than Polaris Point or the former SRF.
According to research conducted by the United States Environmental Protection Agency, the National Marine Fisheries Service, and the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, the San Luis Beach alternative would require far less dredging, lowering the environmental impact of the proposed action.
In his letter Cruz wrote, “The agencies’ stated position on this issue confirms what many on Guam have realized for quite some time now- that many of the Navy’s plans for the military buildup were developed with wanton disregard for viable alternatives. This letter from the resource agencies further illustrates that Guam’s people and its natural resources take a back seat to the Navy’s designs.”
Vice Speaker Cruz also sent letters to Nancy Sutley, Chair of the White House Council on Environmental Quality, Hawaii Senator Daniel Inouye, and other federal officials informing them of the new development.