ASAN (JRM) – The Navy has scheduled public meetings for the Mariana Islands Training and Testing (MITT) draft environmental impact statement/overseas environmental impact statement (EIS/OEIS).
The Navy has prepared the draft EIS/OEIS to evaluate the potential environmental impacts associated with military readiness training and testing activities conducted within the MITT study area, according to an announcement from Joint Region Marianas. The Navy welcomes public comments on the MITT draft EIS/OEIS. Due to the federal government shutdown, the public meetings were rescheduled and the comment period extended to Dec. 12.
Four open house public meetings will be held to inform the public about the Navy’s proposed action and alternatives under consideration, and to obtain comments on the draft EIS/OEIS. The public meetings will include an open house information session and an opportunity to provide comments. Military representatives will be available to discuss the proposed action and the draft EIS/OEIS.
The Navy proposes to continue to conduct training and testing activities, which may include the use of active sonar and explosives, primarily in established operating and military warning areas of the MITT study area. The proposed action also includes pier-side sonar maintenance and testing alongside Navy piers 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 re-evaluation and reauthorization of training and testing activities reviewed in the Mariana Islands Range Complex EIS/OEIS, which the Navy completed with community input in 2010.
Public meetings for the Mariana Islands Training and Testing draft environmental impact statement/overseas environmental impact statement will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. at the following dates and locations:
Date: Tuesday, Nov. 12
Location: University of Guam, Leon Guerrero School of Business and Public Administration Building, Anthony Leon Guerrero Multi-Purpose Room 129
Date: Wednesday, Nov. 13
Location: Pedro P. Tenorio Multi-Purpose Center in Susupe
Date: Thursday, Nov. 14
Location: Tinian High School cafeteria, San Jose Village
Date: Friday, Nov. 15, 2013
Location: Sinapalo Elementary School cafeteria, Sinapalo I
The draft EIS/OEIS is available for public review online at www.MITT-EIS.com and at the following locations:
University of Guam
Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Library
Government Documents Room
Nieves M. Flores Memorial Library
Joeten-Kiyu Public Library
Tinian Public Library
Rota Public Library
The Navy is accepting comments up to Dec. 12. All comments must be postmarked or received online by Dec. 12, for consideration in the final EIS/OEIS. Written comments may be submitted online at www.MITT-EIS.com, in person at the public meetings, or by mail to:
Naval Facilities Engineering Command Pacific
Attention: MITT EIS/OEIS Project Manager
258 Makalapa Drive, Suite 100
Pearl Harbor, HI 96860-3134