On Earth Day (April 22), several groups will gather outside the US Environmental Protection Agency’s Region 9 Building in San Francisco, demanding a halt to US military expansion on the Pacific island of Guam. They will present a petition, urging the White House to:
* halt current plans for the military buildup of Guam
* re-write the military’s Draft Environmental Impact Statement
* limit the military to its current footprint on Guam
* clean up existing military contamination on Guam
* increase federal funding to strengthen Guam’s inadequate infrastructure.
As this blog has discussed earlier, the EPA ruled earlier this year that the military’s current plans for Guam are “of sufficient magnitude that EPA believes the action should not proceed as proposed.” The proposed buildup would (among other devastating effects) destroy 71 acres of coral reef, overwhelm Guam’s fresh water supply, wipe out endangered species, and turn protected ancestral lands into a live-firing range. It would also cost US taxpayers $9 billion.
Please sign the petition, and ask your friends and family to do the same.
Saina ma’ase (thank you) to Erica Benton of Famoksaiyan for creating this petition and for bringing it to my attention!