The military’s post-typhoon efforts that helped both the CNMI and Department of Defense training are the kind of mutual assistance that’s appreciated, welcomed, and supported. The destructive practices planned on Tinian and Pagan are not. Overwhelming opposition to the DOD ESI was voiced on petitions and public hearings, However, the CNMI’s inability to unite and specifically address gaps and negotiate agreeable terms is giving DOD what they want without having to precisely define it. For that reason, additional written comments on what the EIS does not address need to be submitted within the next week.
Because the significance, magnitude, and numerous long-term consequences of DOD’s plans, specific comments are needed by as many as possible. Explanations of what to write and how to submit them are in Friday’s Saipan Tribune and added here:
1. Dentons & Environmental Science Associates at: http://www.cnmieis.org/submit-comments.html;
2. Pacific Command/Joint Region Marianas at:
3. By mail to: Naval Facilities Engineering Command,
Pacific, Attn: 09PA, Public Affairs Office, 258 Makalapa
Drive, Suite 100, JBPHH, HI 96860-3134