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San Francisco court rejects environmental groups’ appeal for suspension of Henoko construction

  • May 8, 2020
  • , Okinawa Times, Ryukyu Shimpo
  • JMH Translation

Ryukyu Shimpo and Okinawa Times wrote that the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco rejected on Wednesday an appeal filed by U.S. and Japanese environmental groups calling for the suspension of construction of the Futenma Replacement Facility at Henoko. The environmental groups insisted that the construction in the region is threatening the Okinawa dugong, an endangered marine mammal listed as an object of national cultural significance under Japan’s Law for the Protection of Cultural Properties, and violates the U.S. National Historic Preservation Act. The papers wrote that the court ruled that the judgment by the Department of Defense that the construction has no ecological impact on the dugong is rational.

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