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Federal court hears plan to address shortfall for Ordot

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 by Jolene Toves

Guam - Discussion on GovGuam's financing plan to address a $19 million shortfall to finish compliance with the Ordot consent decree continued in federal court today.

GovGuam's financing plan includes several cost cutting items. For example the closure of the Dededo Transfer Station, removing the Dero Road improvement project from the consent decree, as well as delaying improvements to Route 4 and instead use federal highway funds to handle the project as part of DPW's Transportation Improvement Plan but the road project isn't scheduled until over 10 years from now.

In court Chief Judge Frances Tydingco Gatewood made it clear that GovGuam needs a more specific action plan "not empty promises".

Not only did she feel the removal of the Dero Road project unacceptable but also delaying repairs to Route 4.

In terms of closing the Dededo Transfer Station which would also require cleanup, the US Attorneys expressed a lack of confidence that Guam EPA could handle the project considering an illegal dump discovered at the Lujan Salvage and junkyard several years ago still hadn't been remediated.

During the hearing Judge Gatewood called on GovGuam to submit a more specific finance plan on February 26.

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