2015 CPEO Military List Archive

From: Lenny Siegel <lsiegel@cpeo.org>
Date: Tue, 7 Jul 2015 14:41:37 -0700 (PDT)
Reply: cpeo-military
Subject: [CPEO-MEF] MUNITIONS, NATURAL RESOURCES, GLOBAL: Dive surveys around Farallon De Medinilla (Northern Marianas)
EPA wants Navy commitment to dive surveys on health of marine life

By Dennis B. Chan
Saipan Tribune (Northern Marianas)
July 7, 2015

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency wants the U.S. Navy to commit to annual dive surveys on the health of marine life around Farallon De Medinilla, as the Navy eyes a three-fold increase to explosive ordnance used on the island, a routine bombing area leased to the U.S. military.

EPA also wants the Navy to commit to an evaluation of how munitions are consumed and transported by affected fish around the island, since humans can be exposed to these contaminants through consumption.

The agency’s requests are supported in their comments on the final draft environmental impact statement for the Marianas Islands Training and Testing area, or MITT. Among other sonar, vessel, and on-land training, the U.S. Navy has offered three training alternatives, two of which sees explosive ordnance use rise well-over 6,000 for FDM. The other alternative sees current use at the same level, or at 2,150 explosives.


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