VIDEO: JGPO’S Capt. Old Briefs Rotary on Soon to Be Released Draft Supplemental EIS

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Guam – Joint Guam Program Office Director Captain Philip Old has announced that the Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement [SEIS] will be released within the next few weeks.

The Draft EIS is will list the proposed sites for a live fire training range complex.

Speaking at the Rotary Club of Guam this afternoon, Old talked about the status of the military buildup, and the soon to be released SEIS.

The draft SEIS will list the 7 different alternative sites the Department of Defense has identified for a live fire training range complex. It will also include 5 different alternative sites for the main cantonment and family housing areas. This SEIS will be significantly different from the previous EIS that was released in 2010.

“If you recall in 2010 the record of decision came out and the decision on the live fire training range complex was deferred. And then subsequent to that deferral of the decision a new Japan us 2+2 agreement was signed which reduced the number of marines from approximately 9,000 to approximately 5,000,” he explains.

The public will be able to comment on the Draft SEIS for 60 days. Following that, DOD will continue to study the alternative sites and the environmental impacts it will have on the island, but this time with more local input.

“And that process has been ongoing and it continues to be ongoing and it will continue out until the Final EIS is realeased,” he noted. “We expect the Final EIS to be right at the beginning of 2015 and the record of decision will be sometime in early part of 2015.”

The EIS and Record of Decision that came out in 2010 drew the ire of local residents, including some lawmakers because DOD had originally proposed to build the live fire training range complex in Pagat, a sacred ancient Chamorro village that many revere as a protected historic site. It is also listed on the National Historic Registry. This time, Old says the military plans to be as open and transparent as possible about their plans for the military buildup.

You can learn more about the SEIS by logging onto guambuildupeis.us.