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Programmatic Agreement meeting canceled

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by Lannie Walker

Guam - Officials at the Department of Parks and Recreation were set to meet with Deputy Assistant to the Navy for Environment Don Schregardus today on the Programmatic Agreement - a document which outlines how historical and archaeological resources will be managed during the military buildup.  The meeting was canceled last minute, but director of Parks & Rec Joe Duenas declined to say why.

The Programmatic Agreement has faced criticism from local organizations, as well and the Guam Legislature. A resolution introduced by Vice-Speaker B.J. Cruz was passed by the Legislature, expressing dissatisfaction with the Programmatic Agreement in its current form.

State Historic Officer Linda Aguon is refusing to signoff on the Agreement with the Department of Defense until certain terms are met, saying, "Because it did not have enough public input and the public's views weren't considered and there were several individuals and organizations that requested to be consulting parties and they were never replied to, back especially the Guam Legislature.  I don't think they should be ignored."

Aguon's signature is mandatory under Guam law.

Schregardus is on island as part of the Coral Reef Task Force.

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