Hagåtña, Guam – Yesterday, Acting Governor Joshua Tenorio was notified by Joint Region Marianas Commander Rear Admiral Benjamin Nicholson on behalf of Vice-Admiral J.A. Hill about the Missile Defense Agency’s plans to publish a Notice of Intent in the Federal Register. This action will initiate the public comment period for an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) on a proposed 360 degree Enhanced Integrated Air and Missile Defense System. The Missile Defense Agency, the United States Department of the Army, the U.S. Department of the Navy, the U.S. Department of the Air Force, and the Federal Aviation Administration are working collaboratively on the EIS.
“During these times of increased tension in the Asia Pacific region, the Department of Defense has assured me they will do everything they can to protect Guam,” said Acting Governor Tenorio. “This marks the beginning of the EIS process, which is a requirement of the National Environmental Policy Act. Our administration will closely examine their plans as soon as they are made available, and the relevant government agencies will provide the appropriate responses. We also encourage the public to participate in the upcoming scoping process and provide public input.”
The public comment period will begin May 5 through June 27. This Notice of Intent also starts the scoping process, which is the period when the federal agency and the public collaborate to define the range of issues and potential alternatives to be addressed in the EIS.
Three scoping meetings are scheduled for next month. Scoping meetings will be held at the University of Guam Fieldhouse on June 14, Okkodo High School on June 15, and Southern High School on June 16, all from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
The Public Encouraged to Participate in Upcoming Scoping Process