BREAKING NEWS: ‘Defense, Navy did not violate NEPA, APA’


U.S. District Court for the NM Chief Judge Ramona V. Manglona ruled today, Wednesday, that the U.S. Department of Defense and U.S. Department of Navy have not violated the National Environmental Policy Act or the Administrative Procedure Act in connection with a lawsuit filed by the Tinian Women Association and three other environment groups.


Manglona found that the DOD and Navy’s decision to limit the training and range areas to those that meet the needs of the Marines being relocated from Okinawa to Guam “was not arbitrary, capricious, an abuse of discretion.”


“The decision was rationally and reasonably based on a consideration of the factors relevant to complying with the diplomatic agreement with Japan while meeting the immediate training needs of the Marines,” said Manglona in a 41-page decision and order.


The Tinian Women Association, Guardians of Gani, Pagan Watch, and the Center for Biological Diversity are suing the Navy and Defense and their top officials for alleged violation of the NEPA APA over their decision to relocate 5,000 U.S. Marines from Okinawa to Guam and to conduct live-training on Tinian and Pagan.


Both parties then filed a motion for summary judgment.


More details to follow.



Ferdie De La Torre | Reporter
Ferdie Ponce de la Torre is a senior reporter of Saipan Tribune. He has a bachelor’s degree in journalism and has covered all news beats in the CNMI. He is a recipient of the CNMI Supreme Court Justice Award. Contact him at

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