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Ordot Dump closure underway

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 by Jolene Toves

Guam - The federal receiver is working to stay in compliance with the Ordot Dump consent decree and construction is well underway.

Progress is being made in the closure of the Ordot Dump. Today Gershman, Brickner & Bratton provided a status report to District Court Chief Judge Frances Tydincgo Gatewood on the ongoing measures being taken to close the Ordot Dump which holds an estimated 90-125 feet of waste.

According to GBB representative David Manning in the last six months they have been working to comply with the consent decree and have executed the construction contract for the Ordot Dump closure and Dero Road sewer improvement project which will ensure the dump is not a source of future pollution.

With construction well underway GBB has made progress focusing on bid evaluation the construction contract award, issued a notice to proceed and began construction startup and mobilization at the dump site.

Manning says the closure of Ordot Dump is in Phase 1 which includes waste relocation and consolidation, storm water management and pond construction, pipe conveyance systems, temporary leachate storage pond construction, scattered waste consolidation, perimeter leachate or waste water collection system, western channel relocation, leachate storage tank construction, Dero Road sewer construction, and construction of gas collection wells.

Currently they are working on placing a cover over one half of the waste pile which is roughly 40 acres. Manning says this capping prevents water from getting into the waste. Manning says three 16,000 gallon leachate storage tanks are in place and will begin to receive waste water but in the interim a temporary leachate pond has been constructed until the Dero sewer line is in place and they begin to pump the waste water into the sewer line. Finally in Phase 1 preparation will be made for Phase II on the west half of the dump site with the relocation of 450 feet of an intermittent drainage channel this allows for work on the west side cover system of the dump in Phase II. 

Due to the complexity of this work Manning says the contractor is 50 days behind schedule but says this will not affect the overall timeline for the project as they anticipate making up the time in Phase II. With all the progress being made Judge Tydingco-Gatewood has continued the status hearing until Friday. But prior to that she will see for herself what progress has been made as a site tour has been scheduled for tomorrow. 

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