by Jolene Toves
Guam - District Court Chief Judge Frances Tydingco Gatewood is concerned about possible contamination issues that may have serious public health consequences. The federal receiver filed a special report on Wednesday advising the court that certain hazardous waste was detected near the Dededo Residential Transfer Station. An environmental site assessment was conducted on property adjacent and north of the Dededo Residential Transfer Station.
The assessment noted the presence of polychlorinated biphynyl (PCB) and lead which the receiver noted would be costly to mitigate. The receiver has asked the court to explore expanding the facility footprint using a less desirable but acceptable area to the west of the station. The court has ordered the government to advise how it plans to proceed with mitigation of this contamination and state whether it agrees with the receiver's request.