by Mindy Aguon
Guam - For the last eight months the Guam Waterworks Authority has been working with the feds on a new stipulated order that will clearly define the projects and timelines the agency will need to undertake to come into compliance with the Clean Drinking Water Act. In the latest filing the feds expressed significant concern with the agency's issuance of a permit to Younex for the first phase of its workforce housing project.
GWA defended the decision and said the USEPA was informed of the reasons behind the issuance of the permit. As GWA believes the system can handle an additional 500 people. The agency has until February 23 to respond to the filing. The feds meanwhile also expressed concerns about the lack of a GM.
GWA spokesperson Heidi Ballendorf says the selection committee is conducting a second round of interviews and a GM should be named within 30 days. The parties are scheduled to appear back in the District Court on March 9 for a status hearing.