EIS for Guam and CNMI Military Relocation

Apra Harbor, Guam

Cardno completed a high‐profile Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the largest proposed U.S. Department of Defense construction program in the Pacific since World War II.

Cardno prepared the Guam and Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) Military Relocation EIS in compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) as well as related environmental laws such as the Endangered Species Act (ESA), Clean Water Act, Clean Air Act, Coastal Zone Management Act, Magnuson‐Stevens Act, National Historic Preservation Act, and various executive orders including environmental justice.

Cardno’s objective for the EIS was to inform U.S. government agency stakeholders and the public of the environmental, cultural, biological, social and infrastructure impacts to Guam and the CNMI resulting from the construction of facilities and infrastructure to support approximately 8,600 Marines and their 9,000 dependents that would be relocated from Okinawa to Guam.

The EIS included analyses of the Marine Corps forces relocation, construction and sustainment of facilities and infrastructure to support training and operations on Guam and Tinian (in the CNMI), and construction and sustainment for a new deep‐draft wharf and deepened entrance channel for Apra Harbor, Guam, to support transient aircraft carriers.

The Cardno team presented the complex EIS in multiple volumes to all stakeholders and coordinated with all interested agencies, including the President’s Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ). Cardno facilitated multiple public meetings and maintained the public website that housed all the comments addressed by the government.

A Record of Decision was signed in 2010. Since that time, the government engaged Cardno for further study of a reduced number of personnel and dependents for force relocation.