(Mainichi: July 16, 2015 – p.28)
With respect to the request for using soil to be brought from outside the prefecture for the second runway construction at the Naha Airport, the Okinawa Prefectural Government approved on July 15 the request by the Cabinet Office Okinawa General Bureau as “reasonable with appropriate consideration for environment.”
Bearing in mind the relocation of the U.S. military Futenma Air Station to Henoko in Nago City, the Okinawa Prefectural Assembly passed on July 13 an ordinance for controlling soil brought from outside Okinawa to be used for reclamation of the publicly-owned waters. The bureau plans to complete bringing soil into the construction site before the enactment of the ordinance effective November 1; however, the prefectural government has requested that the bureau should take appropriate measures on invasive alien species.
In order to concentrate the construction work in the summer season by avoiding winter during which working conditions are not optimal, the bureau applied in April to the prefectural government for modifying approval of the reclamation of the publicly owned waters for using soil from outside the prefecture.
According the prefectural government, the approved amount of soil from outside the prefecture is as much as 300,000 cubic meters for FY 2015. The bureau’s construction division chief Koji Kohirata said, “We will do our best for starting operations at the second runway at the end of March 2020.”