by Nick Delgado
Guam - This Tuesday marks the deadline for island residents to provide comments on the proposed Guatali solid waste landfill facility. The Guam Environmental Protection Agency gave residents additional time to provide their input on the landfill and waste-to-energy facility.
Guam Resource Recovery Partners intends to build it on Chamorro Land Trust Commission property in Atantano, Santa Rita. Based on Guam solid waste disposal rules and regulations, the Guam EPA had to provide at least a 45-day comment period. Once the deadline passes, the agency will review and respond to the comments before deciding on whether to issue the permit to the GRRP.
The company contends its proposal could mean cheaper solid waste rates for island residents, but the federal receiver has warned that a second landfill on Guam will cost the government more than $11,000,000 in debt service each year.
The deadline to submit comments is Tuesday, December 13.