Department of Navy Signs & Releases Record of Decision for Guam/CNMI Military Buildup

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Guam –  The Department of Navy has announced the release of the Record of Decision (ROD) on the Guam and Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) Military Relocation Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS).

The ROD, a document required at the conclusion of the environmental review of a federal project or program, outlines the decisions the Navy has made to implement the proposed realignment actions and specifies associated mitigation measures. These decisions are the result of thorough consideration of public and resource agency comments on the EIS, interagency discussions, and ongoing discussions with the Guam and CNMI communities and leadership.

“The decisions in the ROD begin the long-term strategic realignment of U.S. forces on Guam. In reaching these decisions, we carefully considered the many comments received throughout the EIS process,” said Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Energy, Installations & Environment) Jackalyne Pfannenstiel, who signed the ROD. “We recognize hat there are issues remaining to be addressed and we look forward to working with the people of Guam and CNMI to implement the military relocation in a way that will benefit the community at large – both military and civilian.”

The ROD includes the following major decisions:

*The Navy will construct the Marine Corps main base at NCTS Finegayan and family housing at the former FAA property/South Finegayan;

* Marine Corps aviation activities will be at Andersen Air Force Base North Ramp and waterfront operations at Apra Harbor;

* The Navy will defer a decision on a specific location for a transient CVN berth in Apra Harbor and voluntarily collect additional data on marine resources in the two alternative site locations;

* The Army will implement its preferred alternative for placement of an Air Missile Defense Task Force should it be assigned this mission on Guam;

* The pace and sequencing of construction will be adjusted to ensure that construction activities stay within the limitations of Guam’s infrastructure;

* The arrival of Marine Corps forces will be timed with the availability of their required facilities.

*The ROD notes that a decision regarding the placement of training ranges for the relocating Marines will be deferred pending completion of the Section 106 consultation process under the National Historic Preservation Act.

The ROD allows for the award of construction contracts and execution of the relocation to begin. It is expected that the relocation will bring economic opportunities for the region’s workforce and industry in both the near- and long-term. Guam firms have been among the winning firms for several Multiple Award Construction Contracts, which are contracting tools to be used for realignment construction activities.

Additionally, the FEIS estimated that steady state, post-realignment tax revenues could be as much as $100 million – providing the Government of Guam with significant economic benefit. This, coupled with ongoing federal government efforts to address the island’s existing and future needs, will greatly help Guam address the needs of a growing community.

The ROD will be available online at www.guambuildupeis.us or at the following locations in Guam and the CNMI:

GUAM:
University of Guam Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Library
Government Documents Tan Siu Lin Building
UOG Station
Mangilao, GU 96923
Nieves M. Flores Memorial Library
254 Martyr Street
Hagåtña, GU 96910

SAIPAN:
Joeten-Kiyu Public Library
P.O. Box 501092
Saipan, MP 96950
Olympio T. Borja Memorial Library
P.O. Box 501250
Saipan, MP 96950

TINIAN:
Tinian Public Library
P.O. Box 520704
Tinian, MP 96952

Media inquiries should be directed to Paula Conhain at the Joint Guam Program Office at paula.conhain@navy.mil or 703-602-8206