What happens when you're caught dumping illegally? - KUAM.com-KUAM News: On Air. Online. On Demand.

What happens when you're caught dumping illegally?

Posted: Updated:
 by Jolene Toves

Guam - There have been several cases of land owners who have had to face the consequences of illegal dumping occurring within their property.  "For those who own properties that they don't live on or maybe frequent regularly I would advise them to maybe periodically check the area to make sure there aren't any that no one is dumping on their property," said Guam EPA administrator Eric Palacios.

Palacios says when GEPA visits a property where suspected illegal dumping is occurring the landowner is responsible for whatever debris is found.  "We inform the landowner that they are in violation because the garbage is on their property and then once we do that then we try to work with them to identify who may have dumped on those properties," he said.

If there is no readily or personally identifiable information contained within the trash unfortunately the land owner will be stuck with the bill. And in some extreme cases the land can be seized...but losing your land should not be the only deterrent to illegal dumping the damage caused to the environment should be reason enough to dispose of garbage properly.  "There are a lot of adverse effects that illegal dumpsites create with any dump where there is a large volume of trash in a concentrated area leachate is generated it's the same type of leachate that is found in landfills," he explained.

This leachate can seep into our ground water or can be carried by storm water into our rivers and ocean. Palacios says dumping illegally can occur for many reason but none of those reasons are worth the long lasting negative effects it has on our environment. 
  • NEWS HEADLINESMore>>

  • Get informed during Guam Invasive Species Awareness Week

    Get informed during Guam Invasive Species Awareness Week

    All week long it's Guam Invasive Species Awareness Week. Events will inform the public on how to protect Guam against invasive species, like brown tree snakes and rhino beetles. Topics include "What's killing my Plants?", a USDA Plant Inspection Facility Tour, screening of the documentary "An Acquired Taste" about hunting at the Guam Museum, and a Brown tree snake control workshop. "What's Killing my Plants" UOG CNAS Extension and Outreach Program ...More >>
    All week long it's Guam Invasive Species Awareness Week. Events will inform the public on how to protect Guam against invasive species, like brown tree snakes and rhino beetles. Topics include "What's killing my Plants?", a USDA Plant Inspection Facility Tour, screening of the documentary "An Acquired Taste" about hunting at the Guam Museum, and a Brown tree snake control workshop. "What's Killing my Plants" UOG CNAS Extension and Outreach Program ...More >>
  • Guns, drugs found in Mangilao raid

    Guns, drugs found in Mangilao raid

    Nearly a dozen guns, glass pipes and marijuana. GPD investigators finding those items during a raid in Mangilao on Thursday. 65 year old Jesus San Agustin and 27 year old Jessiree Dolores Meno are charged with theft by receiving stolen property. San Agustin is also charged with illegally possessing drugs and firearms. Police say the search warrant was executed as authorities were looking into a burglary investigation. That's when they made the find confiscating a 12 gauge shotgun, tw...More >>
    Nearly a dozen guns, glass pipes and marijuana. GPD investigators finding those items during a raid in Mangilao on Thursday. 65 year old Jesus San Agustin and 27 year old Jessiree Dolores Meno are charged with theft by receiving stolen property. San Agustin is also charged with illegally possessing drugs and firearms. Police say the search warrant was executed as authorities were looking into a burglary investigation. That's when they made the find confiscating a 12 gauge shotgun, tw...More >>
  • Schools conducting morning sweeps

    Schools conducting morning sweeps

    Guam schools are being put on alert. Guam Department of Education leaders instructed school administrators to conduct a sweep of their campuses before students and employees show up on Friday.  The notice coming out of Guam Homeland Security following a threat that targeted Guam High School Thursday afternoon. The threat forced an evacuation of the school and the surrounding area. Though local and military first responders found no threat at the campus, Guam Homeland officials a...More >>
    Guam schools are being put on alert. Guam Department of Education leaders instructed school administrators to conduct a sweep of their campuses before students and employees show up on Friday.  The notice coming out of Guam Homeland Security following a threat that targeted Guam High School Thursday afternoon. The threat forced an evacuation of the school and the surrounding area. Though local and military first responders found no threat at the campus, Guam Homeland officials a...More >>
Powered by Frankly