29 Oct 2009

Guam granted extra time for review of Impact Study on military build-up

12:46 pm on 29 October 2009

Guam has been granted an extra ninety days to review the Draft Environmental Impact Study, or EIS, for the United States military build-up on the island.

This follows a meeting between Guam's Congresswoman Madeleine Bordallo and the secretary of the US Navy Ray Mabus in Washington yesterday.

Guam officials had been pleading with the federal government for an extension of the 45-day period originally allocated for a review of the soon-to-be-released EIS.

They argued that such a highly detailed and technical document needed a longer period for review because Guam civillians would have to live with the environmental consequences of the build-up for the rest of their lives.

Following the meeting, Congresswoman Bordallo said she also discussed the importance of the Department of Defense being more proactive in supporting the Guam World War II Loyalty Recognition Act.