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Military: No comment on possible lawsuit

THE military is aware of the notice of intent to file a lawsuit by some environmental groups in the CNMI, Public Information Officer Lt. Timothy Gorman said.

In a statement emailed to Variety he said the “U.S. Navy is aware of the contents of the letter, but it is our practice not to comment on possible or pending litigation.”

“It is essential that sailors, Marines, airmen and soldiers have realistic training on land, at sea, and in the air that fully prepares them to prevail when and where necessary,” Gorman added.

“Recognizing our environmental responsibilities, the Navy and Marine Corps have been, and will continue to be, good environmental stewards as we prepare for and conduct missions in support of our national security.

“The Navy will continue to work with U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to ensure our compliance with the Endangered Species Act,” he said.

Environmental groups from the CNMI intend to sue the Navy and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for their alleged failure to comply with the Endangered Species Act and for the ongoing live-fire and sea training in the Marianas.

Attorney David Henkin of Earthjustice will initiate the lawsuit if the alleged violations are not resolved within 60 days.