First, of Three Scooping Meeting This Week on THURSDAY; JGPO, Guthertz Promote Public Participation

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Guam – The 3 scooping meeting on the Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement for the military buildup will take place later this week with the first one getting underway this Thursday, November 8 from 5 pm to 8 pm at the old McCool School gym & cafeteria.

Ahead of that meeting, Joint Guam Program Office Director, Navy Captain Philip Old and JGPO’s Deputy Director Marine Major Darren Alvarez sat down with Buildup Committee Chair Senator Judi Guthertz yesterday to promote public participation.

In a release, Senator Guthertz said she was “pleased with the intelligent and well-organized way” that JGPO has prepared for this supplemental environmental impact statement.

Guthertz is quoted in the release as saying “This is going to allow both proper public input and also speed up the well-supported public consensus that we want the buildup to go forward promptly and with the best interests of all the people of Guam—military and civilian—in mind.”  

1. Thursday, November 8 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the old McCool School gym/cafeteria (outside the main gate, Naval Base, Building 4175)

2. Friday, November 9, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Okkodo High School, Dededo

3. Friday, November 10, from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m., at the University of Guam Fieldhouse, Mangilao.  

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READ Senator Guthertz’s release in FULL below:

November 5, 2012
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
SENATOR GUTHERTZ MEETS WITH JGPO AS POST-ELECTION ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT MEETINGS ON FIRING RANGE, MILITARY BASE AND HOUSING LOCATIONS START LATER THIS WEEK

There’s a lot more going on this week than the Guam and U.S. national elections as the military and local citizens resume efforts to find sites to train and house U.S. Marines required by the military buildup.

The new Joint Guam Program Office Director, Navy Captain Philip Old and JGPO’s Deputy Director Marine Major Darren Alvarez visited Guam Military Buildup Committee Chair Senator Judi Guthertz Monday to promote public participation in three ‘scoping’ meetings later this week
which will provide the public with a forum to advise on locations for the live fire training range, a Marine cantonment which will include family housing and how these developments will affect local infrastructure.

“I’m very pleased with the intelligent and well-organized way that they’ve gone about preparing for this supplemental environmental impact statement,” Senator Guthertz said. “This is going to allow both proper public input and also speed up the well-supported public consensus that we want the buildup to go forward promptly and with the best interests of all the people of Guam—military and civilian—in mind.” 

The first scoping meeting is this Thursday, November 8 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the old McCool School gym/cafeteria (outside the main gate, Naval Base, Building 4175); the second meeting is Friday, November 9, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Okkodo High School, Dededo; and the third meeting, Friday, November 10, from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m., at the University of Guam Fieldhouse, Mangilao.

On the table are seven preliminary/alternative locations for the firing range. Two locations are adjacent to Route 15, three at or near Naval Magazine, Guam (near Piti) and one each at Andersen Air Force Base and the Naval Computer and Telecommunications Stations (NCTS, Finegayan).

 Potential Marine cantonment areas are at Andersen AFB, NCTS Finegayan, NCTS Finegayan (Main base/South Fin housing), Navy and Air Force property in Barrigada and the Apra area of Naval Base Guam.

Another alternative would be no action at all.

Following the public meetings, Senator Guthertz’s office will host a reading room for members of the public who want to review SEIS documents while the study is being carried out. Members of the Senator’s staff will be available to answer any questions by the public that may arise and assist in drafting comments to submit to JGPO before the December 7, 2012 deadline.