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In a report from the Saipan Tribune, the HPO also said since the beginning of the project, the military already identified Saipan to be the site of its new airfield in the Western Pacific.
Inos earlier said that if the project pushed through on Saipan, it will have adverse impacts on the As Lito-Isley Field location, which is listed as a National Historic Landmark.
The proposed project on Saipan will also put restrictions on the possibility of any future development or expansion at the Francisco C. Ada International Airport. Air Force training exercises will also have potential severe and negative impact on the people in southern villages and schools on Saipan.
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Inos pointed out that because the military already controls two-thirds of Tinian by long-term lease, the divert airfield project is best recommended for Tinian.
Don Farrell, the Tinian representative on the HPO board, said the potential economic impact of putting the project on Tinian is very significant compared to its economic impact on Saipan. He also believes the project will not adversely impact historical sites on Tinian.
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