Guam - Vice-Speaker B.J. Cruz (D) is requesting the Guam Economic Development Authority submit a status report on the loan application filed with the U.S. Department of Agriculture for construction of a new landfill. Tipping fees for solid waste were eliminated earlier this year after GEDA indicated all measures toward compliance need to be addressed to ensure approval of the loan.
Cruz says with no news from the agency on the status of the loan he is concerned the entities will no longer be eligible for fee exemptions such as those that will be responsible for the liberation festivities' waste disposal.
In his letter, the vice-speaker wrote, "If this loan with USDA will not be approved, I want to know so that I can work to repeal P.L. 30-131 as soon as possible. Clean-up volunteers, carnival staff, and the Hagatna Mayor's office workers would be hard-pressed to pay for the disposal of the trash generated during the parade."