Vice Speaker Praises Federal Agencies for Opposing Polaris Point Dredging


Guam – Senator B.J. Cruz has sent letters to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, NOAA Marine Fisheries Service, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service praising their assessment of the Department of the Navy’s proposal for constructing a Carrier Vessel Nuclear berth in Apra Harbor.

The agencies recently recommended the Navy  use the San Luis Beach area, rather than Polaris Point or the former SRF, in their plans. According to the agencies’ findings, the alternate site would require less dredging and cause less damage within Apra Harbor. Senator Cruz called the agencies’ analysis “informed and logical.”

In his letter Cruz wrote, “For well over a year, I, and many others have taken a stance against dredging Apra Harbor due to the massive destruction of coral and other aquatic resources that will result. Your letter serves to illustrate what we have asserted for some time now—that many of the Navy’s plans for the military buildup were developed without adequate regard to viable and less damaging alternatives.”