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EPA finds illegal dump at Lujan's Junkyard

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by Sabrina Salas Matanane

Guam - Lujan's Junkyard in Mongmong has been the focus of a Guam Environmental Protection Agency investigation that was ordered by District Court of Guam Chief Judge Frances Tydingco Gatewood as part of the Ordot consent decree. Inspectors from the Guam EPA were initially denied access to the junkyard.

GEPA Inspector Roland Gutierrez told board members this afternoon that when they threatened to call the police, the junkyard staff let them in after an hour of waiting. Gutierrez said at first they found a small dump on the south side of the junkyard and thought that was it, but upon further inspection they noticed a row of vehicles stacked two or three cars high and behind them they found another dump. Gutierrez told the board they believe Lujan's was trying to hide the dump to buy time and to bury the waste.

As a matter of fact, according to Gutierrez, they found trucks coming in with fresh coral that they believe Lujan's was going to use to bury trash.

The Guam EPA will be going back to the junkyard Friday to measure the dump but they believe it is as large as 300-400 feet wide and 60 feet deep. Gutierrez told the board there is a considerable amount of trash and that the Guam EPA will be issuing new notice of violation. A full report on the inspection is due to the board next week.

The Guam EPA will submit report due to judge tomorrow but will need until next week to submit full report on inspection to the court.

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