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By Matthew M. Burke
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CAMP FOSTER, Okinawa — The Navy has recommended placing firing ranges on Andersen Air Force Base instead of Guam’s ancient ancestral lands in its latest environmental impact report — largely seen as one of the final hurdles to moving 4,700 Marines and their families off Okinawa as part of the Pacific realignment.
In addition to recommending that Andersen’s Northwest Field be used for the firing ranges, the draft supplemental report released Friday also suggested stretching out the construction over a number of additional years, avoiding the acquisition of non-federal land and lessening the overall strain on Guam’s residents and infrastructure. The draft says there would be fewer people on the island, lower demand for power and potable water and less solid waste and wastewater. Personnel would be concentrated on the island’s northern end.