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The US military plan for live-fire exercises in the CNMI by the numbers

THE following numbers were taken from documents available online at http://www.chamorro.com including the Draft CJMT EIS and the Final MITT EIS, as well as EIS comments submitted by the CNMI government.

113,280 — The total number of acres of land in the CNMI.

15,859 — The number of acres of CNMI land already under military control. This is 14 percent of all CNMI land.

27,187 — The number of acres of CNMI land that the military would hold under the CNMI Joint Military Training or CJMT proposal. This is 24 percent of all CNMI land.

30,000,000 — The total number of acres of land that the US Military currently uses for training purposes outside the CNMI.

833,986,973 — The number of acres of open ocean around Mariana islands that makes up the recently approved Mariana Islands Testing and Training Range or MITT. This is the acre equivalent of 984,000 square nautical miles and is larger than the states of Washington, Oregon, California, Idaho, Nevada, Arizona, Montana and New Mexico combined.

6,000 — The number of explosive bombs per year that the MITT authorizes for No’os or FDM under the MITT. Previously, the number was 2,150 per year. This is a 300 percent increase in bombing.

6,880,860 — The number of field artillery, shells, mortars, rockets and grenades projected to hit Tinian and Pagan over 60 years (based on Draft CJMT EIS estimate of 114,681 per year for 20 and 15 weeks of live-fire for Tinian and Pagan respectively).

10,596,000 — The number of bombs up to 1,000 pounds to be dropped on Tinian and Pagan over 60 years (based on Draft CJMT EIS estimates of 176,600 air-delivered munitions per year for 20 and 15 weeks of live-fire for Tinian and Pagan respectively).

295,538,580 — The number of small arms munitions up to .50 caliber to be shot on Tinian and Pagan over 60 years (based on Draft CJMT EIS estimate of 4,925,643 per year for 20 and 15 weeks of live-fire for Tinian and Pagan respectively).

20 and 15 — The number of weeks per year of live-fire exercises planned for Tinian and Pagan respectively. These levels will probably increase to 45 and 40 weeks respectively. During exercises the military has jurisdictional control of the sea and airspace around these islands and non-military travel will be severely restricted.

2076 — The year that Pagan would be returned to the CNMI if not automatically extended. Any CNMI resident over 30 years old today will be at least 90 years old at that time.

34 — The percentage of Vieques island residents with toxic levels of mercury in their bodies at the end of 60 years of bombing practice by the U.S. military.

55 — The percentage of Vieques island residents contaminated with lead at the end of 60 years of bombing practice by the U.S. military.

59 — The percentage of Vieques island residents contaminated with arsenic at the end of 60 years of bombing practice by the U.S. military.

180,000,000 — The dollars spent as of 2013 to clear ordnance and toxic contaminates from Vieques. Cleanup is expected to continue to 2025. No cleanup of the surrounding ocean is planned.

Visit http://www.chamorro.com for the full story on the military’s plans to turn the Marianas into the world’s largest live-fire training range.

PETE PEREZ
PaganWatch
An Alternative Zero Coalition Member