The final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS) was issued this week and should allow for the final signing of the Record of Decision by the end of August.  This appears to be the final step to release the hold and trigger full project implementation.  An executive summary of the SEIS, with a comparison of the initial 2010 build-up plan vs. the revised and current plan (page ES-3) is attached:

Some of the key points of the revised, and reduced, build-up include:

  • The preferred location for the Marines’ operational base will be at the Navy’s Telecommunications Site at Finegayan in Dededo
  • The preferred housing site for the Marine families is on nearby Andersen Air Force Base (existing family housing at Andersen would be demolished and up to 912 family housing units would be built; additionally, a total of up to 1,447 family housing units would be integrated into one large housing pool where all eligible personnel and families would live)
  • The proposed Live Fire Training Range Complex at Northwest Field, also would be located on the Air Force base
  • The number of Marines and dependents relocating to Guam have been reduced from about 17,000 to about 6,000 and over a longer period (13 years vs. a planned 5 years)
  • Military commitment of $106M to the Guam Waterworks Authority for infrastructure improvements
  • Military access to the Guam National Wildlife Refuge at Ritidian remains under discussion between the Military and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service