Siting Training Ranges on Guam Will Take Two Years, Navy Says
The Navy will need at least two more years to conduct environmental studies needed to determine where to place live-fire rifle and grenade ranges that would be used by 8,600 Marines slated to move from Okinawa to Guam.
The update came in a filing in Hawaii district court Tuesday by the U.S. government in a year-old lawsuit initiated by island residents trying to stop the Navy from constructing the ranges on ancestral lands and ancient burial grounds, reported Stars and Stripes. The attorneys asked the court to dismiss the case because the Navy has not yet made a decision on where to place the training ranges.
The Navy will complete the study before making a final decision on locating the range training complex, the U.S. government said. The supplemental environmental impact statement will postpone groundbreaking until at least 2014, according to the story.