Federal appeals court has passed a ruling that permits construction of a military base in Japan’s Okinawa. There have been voices against the construction of this structure as it poses environmental threats.
Several activists have been voicing concerns against this construction. Under the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA), a number of activists pleaded for stopping this construction.
The case was heard by a panel of Federal judges. This panel feels the opposite of what the activists felt. The panel feels that this construction has nothing to do with threatening the concerned species.
In their statement the judges said that the Department’s findings weren’t arbitrary or capricious under Section 706 of the Administrative Procedure Act.
They said that it wouldn’t have any adverse effect on the Dugong species. They expressed that according to the report the presence of Dugong in the concerned site was sporadic. Robust baseline population wasn’t available in the data.
They added that the fact that the Department couldn’t consider disruption of travel routes and population fragmentation wasn’t unreasonable. The Department couldn’t get data on loss of habitat as well. All this is required in computing impacts on the species’ growth and sustainability.
They agreed with the Department’s statement that construction of this base is not going to threaten either the population or the cultural relevance and significance of Dugongs in the region.
Apparently, the environmentalists feel that this construction can affect marine biodiversity. They see this as a direct threat to the population of Dugongs which are medium sized mammals living in the water.