A study by Kalikasan PNE revealed that the presence of US forces in the Asia Pacific region has resulted in adverse environmental impact.
“US troops have a dirty streak across the Asia-Pacific region, posing environmental threats or even directly causing destruction and pollution over the past century in the Pacific Islands, Australia, Japan, Philippines, South Korea, and even in their own country’s West Coast.” – Kalikasan PNE
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“Under international and domestic laws such as the Polluter Pays Principle, Rio and Stockholm Declarations, the United States government is legally bound to pay for environmental damages brought about by its military forces and assets in other countries.”
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“The damage caused by the grounding of USS Guardian on Tubbataha Natural Reef Park is bigger, far more reaching and strategically fatal to the livelihood of Filipino fishermen and to the fishing environment directly linked to the protected reef park.”
For immediate release February 23, 2013 Environmental and women’s groups are demanding ”justice beyond monetary compensation” for the USS Guardian’s grounding of the Tubbataha Reef National Park, saying that the incident is a blatant example of US disrespect for Philippine patrimony and natural resources. “We want indemnification beyond financial compensation, the prosecution of liable officials…