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Okinawa Dugong & Proposed Airbase

Case Overview

The American military is trying to force the Japanese government to build a new airbase on a reef used by endangered dugong (cousin to the Florida manatee) for feeding and resting. In January 2008, a federal judge ruled against the Department of Defense, ordering the DoD to consider the impact of the base on the dugong's habitat.

Case ID

24620

Attorneys

Clients

Committee Against Heliport Construction - Save Life Society
Dugong Network Okinawa
Japan Environmental Lawyers Foundation
Save The Dugong Foundation

Case Updates

January 24, 2008 | Legal Document

Dugong Decision (1/24/08)

Judge Patel's decision on Okinawa Dugong and Department of Defense compliance with the National Historic Preservation Act

January 10, 2006 | Legal Document

Court Order

Court order ruling that the US Department of Defense must consider fate of the Okinawan Dugong when considering airbase project

January 10, 2006 | Legal Document

Dugong Complaint

Sues the US Department of Defense over plans to construct a new heliport facility on a coral reef on the east coast of Okinawa (Nov 24, 2003)