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Residents oppose Green Clover facility in Barrigada

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by Jolene Toves

Guam - Residents expressed their opposition to Green Clover Environmental facility in Barrigada.

Residents voiced their concerns about the proposed site for the Green Clover Environmental remediation facility at last night's public hearing held by Guam's Environmental Protection Agency. While residents did not oppose the business they were against having the site on Bello Road in Barrigada, which is an M1 zone classified for light industrial businesses, residents like retired fire chief Joseph San Nicolas said, "I am asking EPA and all government agencies in the future anything that comes up in this type of request for permit or request for them to be approved we have to study this and send it out to the proper site not just anywhere because there was a spot zoning approved previous years."

San Nicolas expressed concerns with the spot zoning stating that as fire chief he has seen first hand the effects and believes Green Clover should operate in a Heavy Industrial Zone or M2. He further references the military and their assurances for containment of hazardous material that was not met resulting in contamination around the island. Other residents shared his concerns like Jay Shedd who lives 60 yards from proposed facility, he is worried about the welfare of his family

"We are right there in the line of the wind that blows right across the street that blows in my front yard to my back yard and if there's any dust whatsoever we will be breathing it in and I am very worried about that," he said.

Having worked in the chemistry field in California he is fully aware of the effects hazardous materials such as polychorinated bipyhyl or PCB has in the long term and is fearful for his family. "All the residents that live in this area are extremely concerned there's no way you are going to haul dirt and not create dust and then dumping the dirt into the proposed facility you're going to open up the lids you're going to dump the dirt there will be dust impossible that there won't be and I don't want to breathe it in," he said.

With no air tight way to prevent dust from being created as a result of the transportation of the soil he adamantly requested that the application for green clover be denied, meanwhile Frank Sanchez who has background in soil stabilization is also a resident of the area and says as soon as he heard about the request he jumped on the bandwagon in opposition, and second the concerns reaffirming that dust can not be avoided.

"But the mere fact to put in there you have water you have a lot of wind because it is up high you have the airport you have the schools as they mentioned a lot of good things were mentioned why you shouldn't approve it," he said.

And while residents voiced their concerns representatives from Green Clover declined to comment. 

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