Guam Officials Say Delay in Release of Record of Decision Is A Good Sign for Guam

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Guam -The U.S. Navy has pushed back the release date for the Record of Decision on the Final Environmental Impact Statement relating to the Military Buildup.

The Joint Guam Program Office Thursday announced that the document will be released on September 20th EST, which will be September 21st on Guam.  The document had been set for release on September 10th.

JGPO says the delay is necessary to ensure that all comments on the FEIS are taken into consideration.  In addition the consultation processes required under the National Historic Preservation and Endangered Species Acts are still ongoing.

Governor Felix Camacho and Lt. Governor Mike Cruz believe the delay is good news for Guam.

“We appreciate that the Navy has decided to delay the release of the Record of Decision”  says a release from the Governor’s office.

“We believe the additional time allows the Navy the opportunity to thoroughly review the comments provided by the people of Guahan regarding the FEIS. This will help ensure that the federal government has a better understanding of our island’s concerns, and we are hopeful that with this additional time they will find ways to satisfactorily address our concerns.”

Congressional Delegate Madeleine Bordallo also sent a release applauding the news.

“I appreciate the Navy’s decision to push back the release of the Record of Decision” Bordallo says.

“The additional time will allow the Navy to examine all comments received on the Final Environmental Impact Statement as well as give more thought to alternative proposals on key issues such as transit carrier berthing location and training range location.  It was an important step for them to take additional time to get the Record of Decision right.”

The R.O.D. will detail the Department of Defense’s decisions relating to relocation of more than 8,000 marines and their 9,000 dependents from Okinawa to Guam, the construction of shore side infrastructure improvements in Apra Harbor to support a transient nuclear powered aircraft carrier, and the relocation of military personnel and their dependents for the operation of an Army Air Missile Defense Task Force.