by Mindy Aguon
Guam - The Government of Guam is accusing the feds of attempting to micromanage local regulatory processes. In the latest brief filed with the District Court, Assistant Attorney General Kathy Fokas stresses to the court that the government does not believe a receiver is necessary to manage its land use planning and building permit processes.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency had asked that the court monitor all building permit applications on Guam involving drinking water or wastewater issues.
Fokas claims the USEPA has made broad requests beyond its authority. The agency took issue with the Department of Public Works issuing a building permit for the Younex Ukudu Workforce Housing Village. GovGuam argues the permit has neither prevented environmental review nor excluded the Guam Waterworks Authority or the Guam EPA from the building application permitting process.