Navy Seeks Public Comment on Draft EIS for Mariana Islands Training and Testing Activities

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Guam – The Navy has announced that it is now accepting public comments on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement/Overseas Environmental Impact Statement (EIS/OEIS) which evaluates the potential environmental impacts from military training and testing on and around the Mariana Islands.

The public comment period began Friday, Sept. 13th and runs through November 12.

The Draft EIS/OEIS is available for review online at www.MITT-EIS.com,   at the UOG Kennedy Library or public libraries on Guam, saipan, Tinian and Rota.

Written comments can be submitted on-line, by mail or in person at the public meetings scheduled to begin in October.

See the list of addresses and dates below.

READ the release from the Navy below:

ASAN, Guam (Sept. 16, 2013) – The U.S. Navy has prepared a Draft Environmental Impact Statement/Overseas Environmental Impact Statement (EIS/OEIS) to evaluate the potential environmental impacts associated with military readiness training and testing activities conducted within the Mariana Islands Training and Testing (MITT) Study Area.

The Navy requests and welcomes public comments on the MITT Draft EIS/OEIS.

PROPOSED ACTION:
The Navy proposes to continue to conduct training and testing activities, which may include the use of active sonar and explosives, primarily in established operating and military warning areas of the MITT Study Area. The Proposed Action also includes pierside sonar maintenance and testing alongside Navy piers located in Inner Apra Harbor, and land-based training activities at existing ranges and other training locations on Guam and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. 

The MITT EIS/OEIS is the reevaluation and reauthorization of training and testing activities reviewed in the Mariana Islands Range Complex EIS/OEIS, which the Navy completed with community input in 2010.

The Proposed Action would ensure the Navy accomplishes its mission to maintain, train and equip combat-ready military forces capable of winning wars, deterring aggression and maintaining freedom of the seas. This mission is achieved in part by training and testing within the MITT Study Area.
Visit the project website at www.MITT-EIS.com to download the Draft EIS/OEIS and submit comments online.

AVAILABILITY OF DRAFT EIS/OEIS AND PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD:
The Navy is seeking public input on the Proposed Action and alternatives, and the accuracy and adequacy of the Draft EIS/OEIS analysis. The Draft EIS/OEIS is available for public review online at www.MITT-EIS.com and at the following locations:

GUAM
University of Guam
Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Library
Government Documents Room
(671) 735-2315

Nieves M. Flores Memorial Library
(671) 475-4753

SAIPAN

Joeten-Kiyu Public Library
(670) 235-7322

TINIAN
Tinian Public Library
(670) 433-0504

ROTA
Rota Public Library
(670) 532-9451

All comments must be postmarked or received online by Nov. 12, 2013, Chamorro Standard Time (ChST), for consideration in the Final EIS/OEIS. Written comments may be submitted via the project website at www.MITT-EIS.com, in person at the public meetings or by mail to:

Naval Facilities Engineering Command Pacific
Attention: MITT EIS/OEIS Project Manager
258 Makalapa Drive, Suite 100
Pearl Harbor, HI 96860-3134 

OPEN HOUSE PUBLIC MEETINGS:
Four open house public meetings will be held to inform the public about the Navy’s Proposed Action and alternatives under consideration, and to obtain comments on the Draft EIS/OEIS. Each of the public meetings will include an open house information session and an opportunity to present oral comments. Military representatives will be available to discuss the Proposed Action and the Draft EIS/OEIS. The public meetings will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. at the following locations:

GUAM
Date:    Monday, Oct. 7, 2013
Location:    University of Guam
Leon Guerrero School of Business and Public Administration Building
Anthony Leon Guerrero Multi-Purpose Room 129
Mangilao, Guam 96923

SAIPAN

Date:    Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013
Location:    Pedro P. Tenorio Multi-Purpose Center in Susupe
Saipan, MP 96950

TINIAN
Date:    Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013
Location:    Tinian High School, Cafeteria
San Jose Village
Tinian, MP 96952

ROTA
Date:    Thursday, Oct. 10, 2013
Location:    Sinapalo Elementary School, Cafeteria
Sinapalo I, Songsong Village
Rota, MP 96951 

The Navy is accepting comments throughout the 60-day public comment period, from Sept. 13, 2013, to Nov. 12, 2013.