Guam – Military Realignment Chair Senator Frank Aguon Jr. says that a “Range Mitigation” plan is under development to address some of the concerns raised during Monday’s roundtable on the Draft SEIS on the military buildup.
The Senator says in a release that he is “pleased that efforts for a Range Mitigation plan is under development … which supplements the Programmatic Agreement regarding Guam Training Ranges”. The Senator cites the table found at 5.5.10-4 on page 5-368 of the Draft SEIS [see below].
A release quotes the Senator as saying “The mitigation of existing cultural resources affirms the Department of Defense’s commitments defined within the Programmatic Agreement signed in March, 2011.”
READ the release from Senator Aguon below:
Range Mitigation Plan Under Development
(Thursday, May 01, 2014, Hagåtña, Guam) Following the testimonies provided by the U.S Fish and Wildlife Service, and the Deputy Secretary of the Navy, Mr. Joseph Ludovici, regarding the introduction of H.R 4402, by Congresswoman Madeleine Z. Bordallo, Senator Frank B. Aguon, Jr. issues the following statement:
“While Congresswoman Bordallo’s Bill H.R. 4402 forces conversations between the U.S Fish and Wildlife Service, within the Department of the Interior and the Department of the Navy to finalize a resolution surrounding the Live-Fire Training Range Complex and Guam National Wildlife Refuge; I am pleased that efforts for a Range Mitigation plan is under development (referenced in table 5.5.10-4 on page 5-368 found in the Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement) which supplements the Programmatic Agreement regarding Guam Training Ranges,” said Senator Frank B. Aguon, Jr. “The mitigation of existing cultural resources affirms the Department of Defense’s commitments defined within the Programmatic Agreement signed in March, 2011.”
Senator Aguon further states “In carefully studying the issues in the DSEIS and listening attentively to the concerns of our island community, conversations regarding potential impacts are still under consideration and it is important that we do not interpret open discussions as final decisions.”