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Environmental study for new airfield begins

Date Posted: 2008-03-17

The Okinawa Defense Bureau has given its blessing to a new environmental impact study to be completed before construction of a new military airfield at Camp Schwab.
The study, which expected to take months to complete, begins with collection of coral samples starting within the next few days. The full blown environmental study is required to determine exactly what land reclamation is required, and to determine the impact potential aircraft noise in the Nago area will be on the environment.
The new airfield, with its two V-shaped runways, will be built on Camp Schwab, with portions of the runways extending into the adjacent bay on reclaimed land. The airfield, by agreement between the U.S. and Japanese governments, is to be completed before 2014. It will replace Futenma Marine Corps Air Station located in heavily populated Ginowan City in central Okinawa.
Initial work on the environmental study began last May. Environmental engineers studied weather conditions and took preliminary oceanographic samples.

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