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GOJ nervous about Okinawa’s plan to expand environmental assessments

  • November 17, 2017
  • , Okinawa Times
  • JMH Translation

Okinawa Times reported that the Defense Ministry is concerned about the Okinawa prefectural government’s idea of revising a local ordinance on environmental impact assessments because it could potentially cause a delay in the ongoing FRF construction work off Camp Schwab. According to the article, the prefectural government is looking into expanding the scope of mandatory environment assessments to cover any projects involving land formations 20 hectares or larger in extent. The current ordinance does not cover the construction of military facilities. If the plan is implemented as is, some of the land-based portions of the FRF project may be subject to an environmental survey that could take three years to complete. Some ministry officials are determined to move forward with the FRF construction irrespective of what appears to be Okinawa’s latest attempt to derail it.  

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