Testing Final environmental impact statement/overseas environmental impact statement now available

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Testing Final environmental impact statement/overseas environmental impact statement now available

by: Joint Region Marianas | .
U.S. Navy | .
published: May 23, 2015

ASAN, Guam (May 22, 2015) – The U.S. Navy has completed the Final Environmental Impact Statement/Overseas Environmental Impact Statement (EIS/OEIS) to evaluate potential environmental effects associated with military readiness activities conducted within the Mariana Islands Training and Testing (MITT) Study Area.

Availability of Final EIS and Public Involvement
The completion of the Final EIS/OEIS follows several years of research, analysis and public involvement. The Navy held five public scoping meetings in September 2011 and four public meetings in November 2013 for the Draft EIS/OEIS. The Final EIS/OEIS includes public comments received during the Draft EIS/OEIS review period and Navy responses to those comments.

Regulations provide for a 30-day wait period after the Final EIS/OEIS is published before the Navy may take final action. The Final EIS/OEIS is available online at www.MITT-EIS.com and at the following public libraries:

GUAM
University of Guam, Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Library,
Government Documents Room
(671) 735-2315

Nieves M. Flores Memorial Library
(671) 475-4753

SAIPAN
Joeten-Kiyu Public Library
(670) 235-7322

TINIAN
Tinian Public Library
(670) 433-0504

ROTA
Rota Public Library
(670) 532-9451

For questions or additional information, please contact the MITT EIS/OEIS project manager at:

Naval Facilities Engineering Command Pacific
Attention: MITT EIS/OEIS Project Manager
258 Makalapa Drive, Suite 100
Pearl Harbor, HI 96860-3134

Proposed Action:
The Navy proposes to conduct training and testing activities, which may include the use of active sonar and explosives, primarily within established military areas of the MITT Study Area. The Proposed Action also includes pierside sonar maintenance and testing alongside Navy piers located in Inner Apra Harbor, and land-based training activities at existing ranges and other training locations on Guam and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.

The MITT EIS/OEIS is the reevaluation and reauthorization of training and testing activities reviewed in the Mariana Islands Range Complex (MIRC) EIS/OEIS, which the Navy completed with community input in 2010.

The Proposed Action would ensure the Navy and other military services accomplish their mission to maintain, train and equip combat-ready military forces capable of winning wars, deterring aggression and maintaining freedom of the seas.

For more information, contact Ms. Catherine Cruz Norton, NAVFAC Marianas Public Affairs, at (671) 349-4053.

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