by Mindy Aguon
Guam - The environmental closure of the Ordot Dump is expected to be completed in two years. Today the federal receiver awarded Black Construction the contract for the environmental closure of the Ordot Dump and Dero Road sewer improvements. The contract had been delayed as the government sought to halt the award with a stay in the consent decree case arguing it has not been properly represented and had no input on the procurement activities over the last two years.
The motion for a stay was denied and appeals will be taken up with the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in early 2014. Black Construction will be responsible for the construction of the permanent dump closure cover, gas collection and control system, storm water management, and leachate collection and removal.
Representative David Manning from federal receiver Gershman, Brickner & Bratton says when the closure occurs, leachate will no longer be discharged into the Lonfit River and greenhouse gases produced by the dump will be properly controlled. With a construction contingency, the total construction budget is estimated to be $49 million. A construction management contract is expected to be awarded in the next few days.