Guam - A long-awaited cleanup effort got underway today. After more than a year of planning the Abandoned Vehicle Project sponsored by the Guam Mayor's Council finally kicks off. Mayor's Council President Merissa Savares say the project will begin in the village of Santa Rita.
She said the work will be dedicated to, "[continuing] the abandoned vehicles and white goods collection here; this program will work out all the details and problems that may occur."
One of the delays in getting the project off the ground was a notice of violation issued by Guam Environmental Protection Agency against Bali Steel, the main company contracted to do the work. The NOV was finally lifted in June, allowing the project to proceed.
Agency administrator Liz Cruz told KUAM News, "So hopefully this is going to continue that what I'm working with the mayor council very well in our partner ship because we are going to continue this so it's very exciting day today 08:26
The latest delay involved waiting for the Department of Administration to set up the necessary accounts in order to fund the project.
First Lady Joanne Camacho was on hand at this morning's kickoff ceremony, and said, "Everything that comes on our island stay here and if we don't do anything about it really doesn't go anywhere there has been an influx to our island of many thing we use goods but there is really no program to dispose of them."
Spokesperson for Bali Steel David Bell says the clean up in Santa Rita is expected to take as man as four weeks. He says three cleanup teams will tackle the island district by district. The entire project is expected be completed in one year.