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Respicio rips EPA administrator Crisostomo

by Lannie Walker

Guam - An oversight hearing on the Guam Environmental Protections Agency has been called by Senator Rory Respicio, chairman of the Legislative Committee on Natural Resources. Respicio voiced his criticism of GEPA Administrator Lorilee Crisostomo, saying, "I am extremely disappointed with Ms. Crisostomo's performance in leading this agency. I have previously called for her resignation if she couldn't perform her duties. In light of the recent reports on the financial mismanagement of the agency, I am calling for an oversight to find out what led to this point and what GEPA will do to rectify this situation."

A release from the senator's offices claims Respicio has emphasized the significant role of GEPA in protecting Guam's environment, especially in light of the military buildup. Last year he introduced a bill proposing to transform GEPA into an autonomous agency.

Respicio continues, "With added projects like the consent decree and preparation for the buildup, on top of their daily duties, the hardworking and dedicated staff of this agency has been working tirelessly to keep their agency afloat. It's a shame that they should be forced to suffer the poor decisions of their appointed, yet incapable, leader."

Respicio says notice on the date of the hearing will be releases as soon as one is set.

As first reported by KUAM News, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently released a report slamming the Guam EPA for financial mismanagement.

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