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Barrigada neighborhood harbors mini-dump

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by Lannie Walker

Guam - While the Guam Environmental Protection has put out one fire with a senator, another one may be brewing in a local neighborhood. KUAM News visited the home of a man who says an illegal dump is bordering on making his family very sick. 

Over a year ago a pile of tile and rock was dumped on the edge of the property where Mariano Quidachay lives in a residential neighborhood in Barrigada.  He says since then the mound has grown, adding, "And that one that's new I don't know, I don't see that look like new."

The pile of debris is not just an eyesore he says it is a health hazard because dust and dirt is blowing into his house.  "Oh yeah," he confirmed.  "I can smell it."

Quidachay says the Guam EPA came out and inspected the site in March, noting, "What happened is they tell them to put barricade just barricade...we cross that barrier and talk to Mr. Quidichay neighbor who readily admits he's responsible for the dumping."  He added, "I have to admit it was me it was an oversight and EPA contacted me and I took care of it."

Quidachay's neighbor, Robin Marquardt denies continuing to dump construction materials on his property and blames a falling tree the pile has grown appearing to grow in size.  He says he was initially planning on using the tile and rock for such projects around his house, but when the plans were pushed back he pushed the debris to the side.

But Quidachay says the barrier hasn't prevented the health problems he and his family now suffer from.  He told KUAM News that his neighbor has mentioned "something about asthma", adding, "my dad has asthma, my lola has bronchitis and my daughter when she was born premature she also has bronchitis, she gets sick often.  And my mom has been coughing already for about a month because of the air."

When asked if he's been motivated to get rid of the offending material, he replied, "Get rid of it?  Its backfill, so no, I don't plan on getting rid of it."

But that's exactly what Quidachay's granddaughter Amanda wants to happen, saying, "I don't think putting up a barricade solved anything because its still there I would appreciate it if they would just remove it, because I don't think it's legal to dumping something there."

To find out if that is true we went to Guam EPA with Quidachay and his granddaughter but where told those handling the case are currently off-island.  We were told by EPA spokesperson Gerry Cruz someone will look into the matter and get back to us as soon as possible.

For now, Quidachay and his family will continue to live next door to the mini-dump.

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