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GovGuam holding off on recapping Yigo fire

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by Lannie Walker

Guam - The recapping of the fire at the Yigo dump is on hold until the backfill the Department of Public Works will use to do the job dries out. Acting DPW Director Jesse Garcia adds the agency will likely be able to move forward on the project by tomorrow.

Finances for the project will come from a fund established with an emergency declaration instated by Governor Felix Camacho. Administrator of the Office of Civil Defense Chuck Ada says the $250,000 in emergency funds were made available in May for only 60 days and have since expired.  "So we requested an extension for the
remaining balance the $250,000 to respond again to the fire," he said.

Ada says $140,000 was spent to shelter residents, provide contractual services, hire an environmental hygienist, and pay overtime for responders.

As for the prosecution of the illegal dumps owner Joseph Taitano that is now in the hands of the Attorney General's Office.

Guam EPA's board will meet on July 29 to discuss additional violations Taitano will incur due to the burning.

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