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Bomen Road apartment sits next to solid waste dump

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 by Sabrina Salas Matanane

Guam - Saiko Esapina has been living at an apartment complex in Dededo for six years. "I don't feel right about this," he shared.

High above the mountain top off Bello Road he's certainly got a view, just not the kind anyone would want, especially with his backyard. "It wasn't actually like this at first from now after a few projects that they do they just bring over and dump their leftover here," he said.

The problem has gotten so out of hand the Guam Environmental Protection Agency was called in to investigate. Administrator Eric Palacios confirms that Eons Enterprises Corporation was issued a notice of violation, order of compliance and administrative order. "It consisted of a combination solid waste violations and potentially hazardous waste violations as well," he said.

In other words the company was ordered to clean up its act. According to Palacios because it was their first time offense the fine was only $4,000. "Right now the respondent has 15 days to file an appeal or request to meet with me to discuss a possible settlement depending on several things for example how quickly he's able to come into compliance how quickly he's able to mitigate this situation that we discovered. And how quickly he's able to pay some monetary penalty will determine what he eventually pays," he said.

Guam EPA is working with the violator to ensure the site is immediately cleaned for the health and safety of tenants like Saiko who has a three year old and five year old. "I'm just saying all this for safety and matter of fact kids here are playing around running around they have some metals and things we prefer to have it removed from here for the better and safety of young kids playing around. They were hurt form metal stuffs and garbage things they have cuts sores," he said.

The company has until August 28 to file an appeal. Palacios however assures the community that even if they pay up or reach a settlement eons will still have to clean up their mess, saying, "They are responsible to immediately begin cleanup efforts they are responsible for the payment of the disposal and mitigation efforts that will ensue that's all on top and separate apart from what they will pay to the agency."

Esapina hopes the place is cleaned up because the children in the neighborhood deserve better.

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