Military Exercises in Guam’s Waters – August, 2017

On August 18, 2017, Join Region Marianas announced that the military will conduct training in waters surrounding Guam (Warning Area 517 (W-517)) during the following dates and times:
– Aug. 22 from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m.
– Aug. 23 from 5-7 p.m.
– Aug. 24 and 26 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
– Aug. 28 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
– Aug. 30 from noon to 6 p.m.

The military will also conduct training in waters around Guam within a five-mile nautical radius of the following coordinates 10° 30″ 00’N/144° 40″00’E, 10° 30″ 00’N/145° 20″00’E, 09° 50″ 00’N/145° 20″00’E, 09° 50″ 00’N/144° 40″00’E, and 10° 30″ 00’N/144° 40″00’E during the following dates and times:
– Aug. 23 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
– Aug. 26 from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.

For more information, see the release from JRM here:
17-069 Military to Conduct Training at W-517, Waters Surrounding Guam

Independent Guåhan Hosts Teach-In on the impact of the MITT on Guam’s environment and quest for self-determination

As part of their ongoing series of monthly Teach-Ins that provide insight into important issues affecting Guam, Independent Guåhan will be holding its next meeting on August 17 from 6:00 – 7:30 P.M. in UOG HSS 106 to discuss the Mariana Islands Training and Testing study area or MITT.

The Teach-In will discuss the specific threats these actions by DOD will affect our environment and natural resources, but also in general how it will affect issues of indigenous rights and political status change.

The community will have until September 15, 2017 to provide comments on the MITT and this Teach-In is organized to help inform the public on the issue and how to provide comments. It is free and open to the public.

 

Vice Speaker Terlaje Urges Colleagues to Unite for Peace

Listen to Vice Speaker Terlaje’s motion for senators to stand in solidarity with residents of Guam to promote peace and justice.  See video at 12:40- 14:40.

 

“Mister Speaker, while we sit in the historic halls of the Guam Legislature discussing the future revenues and expenditures of the Government of Guam, our economy, taxes, and which services the government will provide, I cannot stop thinking that we do this as a territory of the United State under the threat of a nuclear missile attack by a nation that is at odds with the U.S..  These world powers are talking about our children and our families, and our home of 4,000 years.

International media is here to find out how the leaders and people of Guam are reacting to the threat of war.  I have stayed abreast of all the preparation tips from our executive branch: the “stay calm” suggestions, the call for prayers, and the questioning and analysis of how we ended up in this position again. 

Some residents have organized a rally to call for peace.  I believe we as a community should come together, on this occasion where the cameras of international media and the eyes of citizens across the world are on us, regardless of party, regardless of status preference, regardless of our faith or lack of faith in world leaders, to draw attention to the only truly important fact: that it is our children and families that are at risk, and that we want peace in our homeland of 4000 years.

I would make a motion to recess at a certain time, at 4:30 today, in order to allow senators to stand in solidarity with residents of our island to promote peace and justice for Guam.

Si Yu’os Ma’åse’.

MITT Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement FACTS and Slideshow

On July 28, 2017, the Navy announced that a supplement to the 2015 Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) is being prepared to support ongoing and additional military activities conducted at sea within the Marianas Islands Testing and Training area.  Below are several facts about the Marianas Islands Range Complex, the Mariana Islands Training and Testing Area, and the EIS.  A slide show is also provided here:

MITT Presentation -2

For more information, please email senatorterlajeguam@gmail.com or call 472-3586.

FACTS:

Mariana Islands Range Complex

  • In 2010, the Navy established the Mariana Islands Range Complex (MIRC)
  • MIRC is a half-billion-square nautical mile live-fire training range that surrounds Guam, Rota, Tinian, Saipan and all but the islands furthest to the north
  • The MIRC authorized live-fire on and in the land, air, and sea throughout the training range
  • At the time the MIRC was established, it was described by a Department of Defense official as the largest DoD live-fire training range in the world

Mariana Islands Training and Testing

  • In 2015, the Navy signed a Record of Decision (ROD) for the Final Mariana Islands Training and Testing (MITT) Environmental Impact Statement (EIS)
  • The ROD almost doubled the sea-based ranges and land-based areas that allow the Navy to conduct sonar and live-fire training and testing activities that include the use of active sonar and explosives
  • This “study area” encompasses the entire ocean under the MIRC and further expands the range of the DoD training area to 984,469 square nautical miles—larger than the states of Washington, Oregon, California, Idaho, Nevada, Arizona, Montana and New Mexico.

MITT Study Area

  • The expanded study area includes:
  • The existing Mariana Islands Range Complex
  • Areas on the high seas to the north and west of the Mariana Islands Range Complex
  • A transit corridor between the Mariana Islands Range Complex and the Hawaii Range Complex, starting at the International Date Line
  • Apra Harbor and select Navy pier-side and harbor locations
  • Permits obtained from National Marine Fisheries Service authorize 12,580 detonations of various magnitudes per year for 5 years
  • The MITT allows 81,962 takings of 26 different marine mammal species (including whales and dolphins) per year for 5 years due to detonation, sonar, and other training and testing activity within the MITT
  • The MITT also allows damage or kill of over 6 square miles of endangered coral reefs plus additional 20 square miles of coral reef around FDM through the use of highly explosive bombs

Supplemental EIS

  • On July 28, 2017, the Navy announced that a supplement to the 2015 MITT EIS is being prepared to support ongoing and additional military activities conducted at sea and on FDM within the MITT area beyond 2020
  • The SEIS will include an analysis of military activity using new available information, including an updated acoustic effects model, updated marine mammal density data, and emergent science
  • In the supplement, the Navy will only analyze training and testing activities conducted at sea and on FDM within the MITT area
  • The Navy will seek the issuance of federal regulatory permits and authorizations under the Marine Mammal Protection Act and Endangered Species Act to support ongoing military readiness activities within the MITT area beyond 2020.

Ritidian Live Fire Training Range

  • This SEIS process is in addition to the Live Fire Training Range near Ritidian and hand grenade range created pursuant to the Guam-CNMI Military Buildup Record of Decision on September 2015, and separate from the pending CNMI Joint Military Training Proposal, which would allow the military to use two-thirds of Tinian for the second highest level of live-fire training and to take the entire island of Pagan and use it for the highest level of live-fire training.

Public Comment Period

  • Public comment period for the MITT SEIS is open from August 1, 2017 until Sept. 15, 2017
  • The public is encouraged to submit substantive comments on the scope of analysis, including potential environmental issues and viable alternatives.
  • However, the Navy has announced no public meetings.
  • Given the huge scale of activity already allowed by the MITT and the Navy’s plans to expand, it’s important to compile and share government and resident information regarding the impacts of the MITT on Guam’s resources, environment, and health.

 

 

Vice Speaker Terlaje Submits Request for Permits and Reports of Military Activities in MIRC and MITT Areas

Vice Speaker Terlaje submitted a request to review permits and reports of military activities in MITT and MIRC permit areas.  Linked here is the response from the Regional Environmental Director of Joint Region Marianas:

Gmail – request for permits and reports of military activities in MIRC and MITT areas

The link below will take you to the Mariana Islands Training and Testing (MITT) Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement / Overseas Environmental Impact Statement (EIS/OEIS) website.  The MMPA Letter of Authorization, ESA Biological Opinion (NMFS), and Essential Fish Habitat Assessment can be found under the “documents” tab on the MITT-EIS website.
http://mitt-eis.com/

View the NMFS Letter of Authorization and Final Rule:
Notice of Final Rule

Letter of Authorization

A complete compilation of all Navy annual reports sent to NMFS can be found at this site, under the reporting tab:
https://www.navymarinespeciesmonitoring.us/ 

Senator Terlaje urges all residents to participate in the commenting period for the supplemental environmental impact statement for the Marianas Islands Testing and Training Area.

For more information, please email senatorterlajeguam@gmail.com or call 472-3586.

 

Liberation Day 2017 – Biba Guåhan

Nihi ya ta onra
i animu, minetgot, yan inaguåntan
i manåmko’ yan ayu siha nu i chumachalåni kinahåya yan hostisia.
Let us honor the courage, strength, and resistance of our elders and those who have set the course for
freedom and justice.
Our paths are forever forged in their legacy.
Biba Guam!

A Message to All Graduates

In the past weeks, I have been very moved to read about the World War II survivors who, in their twilight years, have received honorary diplomas because their education was disrupted by the wages of war. I’m moved because this is another chance for us to honor our manamko’, to remember their tireless efforts to be involved in our community, to learn about issues that matter and to teach us along the way…

Recently, I witnessed my oldest daughter graduate from college. This was truly a proud moment for me as a mom and I share in the pride all parents must feel as they commemorate the milestones in their children’s lives.

As we celebrate graduates of all ages, we should be reminded that such highpoints are a testament of our ability to work hard and see the successes of that hard work. A diploma is just the next step in one’s journey, a step toward greater things ahead.  Congratulations Graduates!

I commend you all on your accomplishments and extend my best wishes for a bright future!

BIBA Class of 2017!

Senator Therese M. Terlaje
Vice-Speaker, 34th Guam Legislature

 

 

Community Announcement: Shriners’ Outreach Clinic – July 20, & 24-28, 2017

The Department of Public Health and Social Services (DPHSS) would like to announce that a Medical Team from Shriners Hospitals for Children® from Honolulu, Hawaii will be conducting a Medical Outreach Clinic at the Central Public Health Medical Clinic in Mangilao, July 20, 2017 and July 24-28, 2017.  The Medical Team will be providing free consultative services for children up to age 17 with orthopedic conditions, burns, and spinal cord injuries. Children with diseases and/or injuries involving the bones, joints and muscles, as well as “healed burns,” including loss of any part of the child’s body, should make an appointment at DPHSS for an evaluation.  A referral from a physician is not required.  Patients will be seen by appointment only.  We cannot accept walk in patients.

Parents or legal guardians of new patients are required to complete a Shriners Hospital application and Medical Records form at Medical Social Services (MSS) at Central Public Health, Room 152. Required documents include a copy of the child’s birth certificate, immunization record, and medical insurance card; photo ID of parent or legal guardian, and if applicable, proof of legal guardianship papers.  Returning patients are reminded to provide x-ray films and/or laboratory results, as previously instructed.  Returning patients may call MSS to inquire if an x-ray order has to be picked up.

For an appointment and/or additional information, please contact Cherisse Santiago at 735-7351 orcherisse.santiago@dphss.guam.gov or Diana Santos at 735-7356 or diana.santos@dphss.guam.gov.