by Mindy Aguon
Guam - The federal government has reserved the right to demand that construction of the Younex Workforce Housing Project stop completely. It's a threat that was made in the latest status report submitted to the District Court should GovGuam and GWA fail to demonstrate that there's sufficient capacity to treat the effluent from the project as well as an adequate water supply for the area.
The feds continue to express concerns about the development as it believes Public Works has authorized Younex to complete its construction project with the issuance of a shell only permit. They believe the facility is being constructed with little or no consideration of drinking water or wastewater needs even though utility hookups have not been permitted.
The feds also question whether the light industrial zoning issued by the Guam Land Use Commission is appropriate for the housing project. In addition to close court monitoring, they've asked for a reform of DPW's permitting process to require early involvement of regulatory agencies for project with water, sewer or environmental issues.
They've asked the district court to schedule a status hearing immediately.