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Parks & Rec requests Navy change PA

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by Lannie Walker

Guam - The Department of Parks & Recreation has issued a letter to Deputy Assistant to the Navy on Environment Donald Schregardus about the status of Programmatic Agreement negotiations. The document, which outlines how the military buildup will affect historical and archeological properties on Guam, remains unsigned by State Historic Preservation Officer Lynda Aguon and Parks & Rec Director Joe Duenas.

In the letter the agency asks that plans by the Federal Highway Administration to realign Route 15 be removed from the pa because of the direct relationship to the proposed firing range at Pagat. Local officials say including the plan for Route 15 is contrary to a previous agreement to exclude plans for Pagat in the PA. Instead, they request that the wording in the agreement read "That FHWA will be responsible for fulfilling all Section 106 requirements of National Historic Preservation Act on all undertakings implemented through the FHWA".

The $5,000,000 figure the Department of Defense agreed to request from Congress in order to fund cumulative effects of the buildup is not enough, claims Parks & Rec. They call the amount "Unacceptable to the people of Guam for the cumulative loss of historic properties." They point out the amount is about one third of the cost the Navy plans on spending on a dog kennel, according to the Record of Decision. The department asks that cumulative effects funding be attached directly to the projects.

Additionally, local officials request that all World War II remains be mapped and placed in a database to be shared with the Guam State Historic Preservation Office and that public meetings on the Programmatic Agreement be held. The latter being one of the sticking points Aguon and Duenas have claimed shaped their decision not to sign-off on the Agreement in its current form.

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