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Guam to discuss potential partial refuge closure

May 9, 2014 - 6:14am

HAGATNA, Guam — Guam’s nonvoting delegate in U.S. Congress is moving to give the territory’s community members a chance to weigh in on whether the Navy should close part of a wildlife refuge as part of a military buildup.

Pacific Daily News reported Thursday that Del. Madeleine Bordallo decided against attaching the proposed plan as an amendment to a larger defense spending bill, which passed a key House committee.

Closing part of the National Wildlife Refuge at Ritidian would make way for a safety zone for a military firing range for Marines.

Bordallo says she decided against attaching the plan to the spending bill because she agrees the community should be able to discuss the issue. She says she made the decision after speaking with Gov. Eddie Calvo and other territorial lawmakers.

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