BREAKING NEWS: DoD concedes to public concerns; Navy will conduct supplemental EIS


The Marine Corp Forces Pacific conceded today that the potential impacts of their live-fire training plans to Tinian groundwater and to coral on Tinian and Pagan will need further analysis.

Craig Whelden, MarForPac executive director, disclosed the news in an email to Saipan Tribune today.

Whelden was pressed for his thoughts on the CNMI’s request that the Department of Navy furnish a second draft environmental impact statement for the live-fire project in the CNMI.

Whelden said this “supplemental” environmental impact statement will be completed in the spring of 2016.

“As a result of the information we’ve received to date, we’ve identified a need to conduct additional analysis of potential impacts to the ground water aquifer on Tinian; and coral on Tinian and Pagan, including associated mitigation,” Whelden said in the email.

More details to follow.

Dennis B. Chan | Reporter
Dennis Chan covers education, environment, utilities, and air and seaport issues in the CNMI. He graduated with a degree in English Literature from the University of Guam. Contact him at

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