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Joseph Taitano plans on filing appeal

by Krystal Paco

Guam - Following last week's ruling in favor of the Guam Environmental Protection Agency, Yigo land owner Joseph Taitano says he plans on appealing Superior Court Judge Arthur Barcinas' decision against him and his wife Rosaland Castro.

This story has been more than ten years in the making when Raitano was first issued a notice of violation for an running an illegal dump on his property that sits over the northern aquifer.

"I love to go to the supreme court. There are three justice there. In the superior court one judge. I demand a jury trial in this one . I want a jury. I trust twelve people more than one judge, [sic]" he said.

Taitano admits he doesn't have they money to hire an attorney, but will represent himself in court.  Guam EPA administrator Eric Palacios says its unfortunate Taitano will continue to fight the process.

Palacios said, "Obviously that's a right that he has in our American judicial system and I respect that. I can tell you though that as a party to this ongoing matter, it disheartens me that he still refuses to accept responsibility for what he did for the danger he placed our entire community in by operating that type of illegal activity directly over our aquifer."

According to Taitano he faces up to $7 million in penalties.  Guam EPA in the meantime is still waiting for an official copy of Judge Barcinas' ruling.

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