We draw the attention of Congress to the lacunae in the CRS report which fails to address the involvement of the US justice system (through a Californian court) and the US National Historical Preservation Act (NHPA) and US Marine Mammal Commission (MMC), in the environmental aspects of the Henoko plan. The US government bears a distinct legal responsibility, even though the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) and the Okinawa prefectural government’s land reclamation permit approval process are both primarily responsibilities of the government of Japan. This paper complements the CRS Report by discussing these matters. It concludes by offering four recommendations as to how the US military and the US government can (and should) deal with their legally prescribed environmental responsibilities.
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