Guam - A new bill was introduced today by the Guam Legislature that is expected to generate more than $2 million annually to be utilized by the Guam Environmental Protection Agency, the Mayors Council, the Office of Veterans Affairs and the Guam Police and Fire Departments.
Chairman of the Legislative Committee on Utilities, Transportation, Public Works and Veterans Affairs Senator Tom Ada introduced Bill 279, which eliminates an 18-year-old tax exemption on liquid fuels transshipped through Guam in order to generate revenue for environmental protection laws and regulations, cleanup and beautification in Guam's villages, maintenance of the Veterans Cemetery and funding for preventative maintenance of public safety vehicles.
"The tax revenues generated provides compensation for the exposure of Guam's environment to risks associated with the handling and storage of hazardous materials (liquid fuels)," Ada says.
The bill notes that's approximately $100 million of fuels are imported into Guam and after a short-term storage, about $26 million gallons of fuel are loaded back into a fuel tanker ship for distribution throughout the region. Additionally, the handling of these fuels could pose a potential threat to Guam's terrestrial and marine environment.