by Nick Delgado
Guam - Senator Tom Ada introduced legislation that would give the Consolidated Commission on Utilities the authority to oversee Guam's solid waste program. Bill 426 will create an autonomous Guam Solid Waste Authority that will task the CCU, the Guam Waterworks Authority and the Guam Power Authority to head the program once returned by the federal receivers as well as ensure job security to employees of the Department of Public Works' Solid Waste Management Division, as they are trained and familiar with the duties and services to properly manage this utility.
Ada states, "We must begin planning for the eventual return of the operational responsibilities from the U.S. Federal District Court to the Government of Guam."
Currently Gershman, Brickner, & Bratton is tasked as the receiver to administer solid waste services and carry out the court ordered consent decree that includes the closure of the Ordot dump and opening of a new landfill in Layon.
The measure also states that operational funds to ensure a successful transition and continuation of the program will be generated from trash collection and tipping fees, which is estimated to be approximately $3.6 million.