by Mindy Aguon
Guam - The Justice Department is water blasting expressing their displeasure with the Guam Waterworks Authority's approval of a conditional permit for the Younex Workforce Housing Project. In a status report filed with the District Court of Guam the feds contend GWA simply approved the conditional permit knowing full well it would have an impact on the water pressure in the area and that the Northern District Waste Water Treatment Plant would not be able to handle the additional burden.
The complaint further claims it was approved without GWA not having any other funding solutions or plans for the northern plant other than relying on the military buildup to pay for the renovations.
Consolidated Commission on Utilities chairperson Simon Sanchez says GWA discussed the permit with the USEPA a week ago and submitted all of the analysis supporting the agency's decision. He says they stand by their position that GWA has sufficient capacity to support the first phase of Younex's project.
A status hearing will be held next month on the 9th.