Military scales down, modifies Guam buildup plan


HAGATNA, Guam — The military’s revised proposal for a buildup on Guam calls for less population growth and locating a Marine Corps live-fire training range on an Air Force base instead of the site of an ancient village.

The Pacific Daily News reports Guam’s population would expand by about 10,000 residents at the peak of the buildup instead of nearly 80,000 under earlier plans.

Construction would progress more slowly, taking 13 years instead of seven.

The Navy released a draft supplemental environmental impact statement for the project on Friday.

Local leaders and residents had expressed concern the earlier plans would have negatively affected the small island’s infrastructure, environment and society.