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Guam, feds work together on PCB site

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by Jolene Toves

Guam - Guam EPA and the US Environmental Protection Agency will work collaboratively to clean up the site confirmed to be contaminated with PCB and lead.

As we reported an environmental assessment was conducted on property adjacent and north of the Dededo Residential Transfer Station. According to GEPA administrator Eric Palacios the last known lessee will be held accountable for cleanup costs.

"And they also agree with the option we presented in our report to the District Court if total expansion is not necessary then we would like to proceed expand northward as much as is necessary without getting into the contaminated area," he said.

Palacios says they will not be expanding as far north as originally proposed as they have identified that the northern most part of the land is where the contamination has occurred. He adds that they have a general idea of what companies may be responsible for the contamination but at this point it is a little fuzzy, Palacios says that once the investigation is completed they will be able to back track business activity that took place there and from there they should be able to identify who generated the waste.

"Business activities over the course of five to ten years have shifted regularly and so we want to make sure before we put anything public and especially before we initiate any enforcement action that we are 100% positive we know who we are going to initiate the enforcement action against," he said.

The cleanup of the contamination is not going to be cheap but the company liable will be pursued for every penny required to achieve proper clean up of the site. "As far as clean up costs goes in the interest of our community and in keeping our ground water supply contamination free. Cost will not be a factor of how much or how little we do," he added.

Palacios reiterates that there are no concerns for the safety and health of nearby residents he says based on the assessment the contamination was not located subsurface this means it was contained to the upper surface of the soil. He says one positive aspect is that there is no contamination elsewhere on the property.

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