US military open to compromise over CNMI plans

3:56 pm on 4 May 2015

The US military appears to be willing to compromise with people in the Northern Marianas opposed to its planned live-fire training on Pagan.

The US Marine Corps Pacific Executive Director says the military will look for ways to address public concerns and incorporate them in a final Environmental Impact Statement.

Craig Whelden says one thing the military can include in the next EIS is reducing the area on Pagan where exercises and light bombing will be conducted.

Pagan Island

Pagan Island Photo: Supplied

Mr Whelden says the military can also assign targets in areas where there is lava to reduce the impacts of bombing on the island's flora and fauna.

He says the CNMI government's request for an extension of the review period is still being looked at but a decision will be made this month.

The CNMI want a six-month extension to study the draft EIS compared to the original two months they were given.