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Okinawa considering rescinding landfill permit again

  • January 17, 2019
  • , Okinawa Times, Ryukyu Shimpo
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Ryukyu Shimpo and Okinawa Times highlighted remarks made to opposition Diet members on Wednesday by Vice Okinawa Governor Jahana, who mentioned the possibility of rescinding the landfill permit for FRF construction again on the grounds that the quality of the earth being poured into waters for landfill off Camp Schwab is not compatible with the environmental standard set by the Okinawa Defense Bureau. The Okinawa official stressed that the ongoing landfill work is illegal, adding that the prefectural government might be able to issue a second rescindment even though the initial one issued in August last year was revoked by the land minister. Governor Tamaki reportedly followed up on his top deputy’s suggestion by saying that although no discussions on the feasibility of the idea have been conducted within the prefectural government, he still thinks it is “technically possible” to issue a second rescindment. Okinawa Times added that when rescinding the permit last summer, the prefectural government called it a “last resort.”     


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