Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Eric Johnston: "HOT BUTTON HENOKO - Clock ticking on base, its delicate environment"

Eric Johnston's analysis of issues stalling the construction of a US military base in the pristine coral reef at Henoko––home to the endangered dugong––points to unresolved environmental and noise pollution issues.

Environmentalists in Japan and the US have brought a slate of lawsuits challenging the US military base construction since 2003 on behalf of protection of the endangered dugong. In 2008, a US federal judge ruled against the U.S. Department of Defense, requiring it to consider impacts of a new airbase on the dugong in order to avoid or mitigate any harm

Last August, Okinawans brought the first lawsuit against the Japanese government––also on environmental legal grounds.

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