NOW that the draft supplemental environmental impact statement, or SEIS, covering the military relocation plan for Guam and the CNMI has been released, the Guam Legislature's committee on veterans affairs has scheduled a roundtable discussion for Monday, April 28, at 6 p.m. to engage the community in public dialogue and get feedback from residents.
During the legislative roundtable, the key differences between the 2010 final EIS and the 2014 draft SEIS will be discussed.
Also to be tackled are a review of the SEIS executive summary, the associated population change that will occur, preferred alternatives, and the public meeting schedules and formats.
Sen. Frank B. Aguon Jr., committee chairman, said he is confident in the "four pillars" negotiated into the Programmatic Agreement in 2011 which encompasses the Department of Defense’s determination to continue to listen to the concerns of the Guam community.
"Upon the release of the draft SEIS, I encourage our island community to review these documents at the SEIS website," Aguon said. The draft is available online at www.guambuildupeis.us.
"Furthermore, I strongly encourage residents to provide official verbal and written comments on the draft SEIS during the public meetings hosted by the Department of the Navy," he said.
The U.S. Department of Navy has already announced a series of public meetings for the draft document starting next month. Open houses and public meetings will be held on the following schedule:
- May 17 from 1 to 5 p.m. at Okkodo High School;
- May 19 from 5 to 9 p.m. at the Father Duenas Memorial School Phoenix Center; and
- May 20 from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Gymnasium in Building 4177 (former McCool School) at the Santa Rita annex of Naval Base Guam on Route 5 in Santa Rita.
Aside from the community dialogue, the roundtable also seeks to increase knowledge and understanding of the SEIS process and share complex information with island leaders and other stakeholder groups.