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House panel to discuss resolution opposing increased military presence

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THE House Committee on Federal and Foreign Affairs will meet again today, Tuesday, in the House chamber to discuss House Joint Resolution 21-8.

Introduced by Rep. Sheila Babauta, the resolution is requesting Gov. Ralph DLG Torres to oppose any increase in “destructive military training and testing” in the Northern Marianas.

The committee is chaired by Rep. Luis John Castro, and its members are Reps. Joseph Leepan Guerrero, Ivan Blanco, Joel Camacho, Richard Lizama, Tina Sablan, and Ralph Yumul.

In its most recent public hearing, the committee heard from the administration and members of public regarding the U.S. Navy choosing Alternative 2 for the Mariana Islands Training and Testing.

Alternative 2 will allow the Navy, other U.S. military services, and the U.S. Coast Guard to fully meet current and future training and testing requirements.

The Navy said it made its decision after taking into consideration its strategic and operational needs, as well as the potential impacts  that training and testing may have on human, natural, and cultural environments.

It added that it has also taken into consideration public comments received from elected officials, government agencies, organizations, and the public on the proposal and environmental analysis.

In their final decision, the Navy also noted that it is committed to being a good steward of the environment and will continue to implement mitigation measures to avoid or reduce potential environmental impacts from training and testing.

For his part, the governor said, “The interest of the Commonwealth and of our people has always been at the forefront of my agenda….”

He said he remains opposed to any proposal that would harm the people and their way of life.

For questions, comments, and/or concerns regarding the resolution, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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