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Yona man awaits penalties for illegal dumping

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 by Sabrina Salas Matanane

Guam - The Guam Environmental Protection Agency board of directors will now have to decide what action it will take against a Yona man accused of illegal dumping.

It was in June we brought you the story about a man ordered to clean up his act, as Guam EPA administrator Eric Palacios explained, "We had issued a notice of violation after our team went out and discovered that he was operating an illegal dump."

Two months ago Manny Camacho was issued an NOV and at the time a $250,000 penalty. According to Palacios, Camacho he appealed the NOV and penalty and a hearing was held. "The hearing officer, Mr. Monte May, issued a proposed decision and order in the matter involving Mr Manny Camacho who we charged with running an illegal dumpsite in the Yona area. The proposed penalty amount is quite substantial its about $63,000, so obviously what needs to happen now is our board needs to either adopt it or reject it. Personally, I'm going to petition my board to go ahead and accept it."

Palacios admits the $63,000 is a lot less than the initial penalty, but he's willing to compromise to bring the case closer to closure, adding, "What I want to avoid is investing any more of the government time and resources into this process that's why I'm saying I'd be okay with the $63,000 judgment so long as he immediately begins if he hasn't done so already the cleanup process."

Palacios says should the board approve the hearing officer's recommendation, Camacho can still appeal the decision, but in the Superior Court of Guam.
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