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Taitano to pay $7.5M for operating illegal dump

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by Krystal Paco

Guam - $7.5 million. That's how much Joseph Taitano and wife Rosalind Castro will pay up for operating an illegal dump on their Yigo property.

As Guam Environmental Protection Agency administrator Eric Palacios tells KUAM, the agency received the written summary judgment Wednesday afternoon in which Judge Arthur Barcinas rules in favor of Guam EPA.

"I believe that justice was served in this particular case. But on the other hand, had a worse case scenario been realized, which is the contamination of our aquifer, this amount would've really been a drop in the bucket. No pun intended. As far as cleanup and mitigation costs," he said.

Palacios says tests done to the Northern Aquifer shows no contamination to the island's drinking source as a result of the Taitano dump.

Taitano and his wife must pay $3.6 million each in addition to $250,000 in restitution for what the government expended to extinguish the blaze when the dump caught fire back in 2010.

We should note, Taitano has previously reported to KUAM that he intends to appeal the decision.

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