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Administrative hearing reconvenes Monday

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by Sabrina Salas Matanane

Guam - Last night's administrative hearing on Cyfred's appeal to the Guam Environmental Protection Agency board will reconvene Monday afternoon.  Board members listened to testimony up until 10:30 last night. At issue is Guam EPA's denial of an application submitted by Cyfred to install a pilot sewer system similar to septic tanks and leaching field in the sewerless Gill-Baza Subdivision.

Although Cyfred filed the appeal with the board, the agency has filed a motion to dismiss the case for lack of jurisdiction and a motion for summary judgment. Guam EPA contends the project is not Guam EPA to approve, but rather the Guam Land Use Commission because it involves zoning issues.

Agency spokesperson Tammy Jo Anderson Taft said, "Based on the law regardless of everything else Guam EPA was still complying with the rules and regulations that we are bound to uphold and so regardless of anything else we. Our letter to Cyfred that indicates that we denied there request for this particular project is still justified because we are following the laws that are set we're following the rules and regulations that we are governed by so regardless of anything else our denial is still true and accurate." 

Dozens of Gill-Baza residents have been waiting for a sewer system to be installed. The matter ended up in litigation where a judge imposed an $800,000 financial judgment against Cyfred.  Monday's hearing is scheduled for 4 in the afternoon.

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