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Kingfisher concerns delay Guam military buildup plan for relocation of U.S. Marines from Okinawa

AP

The final supplemental environmental impact statement for a U.S. military buildup on Guam to relocate some 5,000 Marines from Okinawa Prefecture has been promised for this summer, but concerns about the Micronesian kingfisher are delaying the report.

The Pacific Daily News has reported that the U.S. federal Wildlife Service remains in talks with Pentagon representatives about how to assure habitat preservation.

The kingfisher population in Guam was federally listed as an endangered species in 1984, but by 1988 was close to becoming extinct. Although the bird is believed to be extinct in the wild on Guam, kingfishers are being cared for in captivity with a plan to reintroduce the birds to their habitat.

The Record of Decisions is expected June 26 and is said to be the last procedural step before construction projects to relocate the U.S. Marines from Okinawa Prefecture to Guam can begin.

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