YIGO, Guam—The Scoping Summary Report for the CNMI Joint Military Training Environmental Impact Statement/Overseas EIS is available on the project website at www.CNMIJointMilitaryTrainingEIS.com/Announcements/15.
The Scoping Summary Report provides a summary of the activities that occurred as part of the official public scoping period for the CJMT EIS/OEIS, as well as a summary of the comments received from agencies and the public on the proposed action to improve existing and construct new range and training areas on Tinian and Pagan.
A total of 198 comment submittals were received during the public scoping period. These comments will assist the U.S. military in determining the nature and extent of issues to be addressed in the EIS/OEIS, and in identifying major issues related to the proposed action. The close of the public scoping period completes the first milestone in the National Environmental Policy Act process.
“Public participation is an important part of the NEPA process. The strong showing at our public meetings and the large number of comments we received ensures that as we proceed with our analysis, we understand and can address the issues that are important to the citizens of the CNMI,” said Craig Whelden, executive director, Marine Corps Forces Pacific.
The CJMT EIS team is currently working to collect data and evaluate the potential impacts of the proposed action. Studies and surveys to support the CJMT EIS are expected to continue into 2014. The next opportunity for public comment is after the release of the Draft EIS/OEIS, which is anticipated to be available late 2014. Periodic updates regarding the progress of the EIS/OEIS will be posted on the project website at www.CNMIJointMilitaryTrainingEIS.com. (PR)