VIDEO: CNMI Governor Urges Public to Comment on Military Plan to Expand Activities

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Saipan – The Inos administration is urging the public to review the U.S. Navy’s draft Environmental Impact Statement/Overseas Environmental Impact Statement on the Mariana Islands Training and Testing study area and submit their comments about it.

The Saipan Tribune reports that the U.S. military’s latest proposed activities within the MITT study area include increased levels of weapons use on Farallon de Medinilla, amphibious vehicle landing exercises on three Tinian beaches, and training at Marpi on Saipan and at Rota’s airport, among others.

Increased levels of ordnance or weapons use at FDM is especially controversial since the island is home to several seabird nesting colonies, including the largest Masked Booby nesting site and one of only two nesting sites of the Great Frigate bird in the Marianas. Two endangered species—the Micronesian megapode and Marianas fruit bat—are also found on FDM.

The CNMI community has only until Nov. 12 to comment on a draft study on these activities’ potential environmental impacts.