Guam – The Guam Legislature has adopted a Resolution that identifies significant defects in the Final Environmental Impact study on the Guam military buildup and and reiterates lawmakers major concerns about the buildup plan.
Resolution 444-30 (LS) documents the timeline of the Legislature’s perspective and position on buildup planning, from pre‐DEIS to now post‐FEIS. It was sponsored by Federal Affairs Committee Chair Senator Rory Respicio, Speaker Judi Won Pat, and Military Buildup Committee Chair Senator Judi Guthertz and co‐sponsored by all 12 other senators.
The major areas of concern cited in the resolution are the long‐standing federal territorial issues, financing, land, dredging Apra Habor, Pågat Village, health care, infrastructure, housing, pollution, and protection and preservation of our natural resources and culture.
In a release, Senator Rory Respicio states: “This relocation has been justified by the Department of Defense citing the need to relocate US troops to where they’re wanted and welcomed by the host government. This buildup has been marketed on the issue of partnership and mutual benefit. The Department of Defense and the US federal government have the moral obligation to uphold their promises, because this massive expansion is going to change the face of Guam forever and for that, there is no mitigation.”
Resolution 444 concludes that “it is imperative that the concerns of the people of Guam be assured and addressed in order for I Liheslatura, on behalf of the people of Guam, to give its support for the planned military expansion in Guam. The continued disregard of these vital concerns will inevitably foster an atmosphere that makes the planned expansion an unwanted and unwelcomed activity that cannot be supported I Liheslatura, on behalf of the people of Guam.