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Barrett-Anderson wants to represent GovGuam in solid waste case

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The Attorney General's Office is rejoining the battle over control of the island's solid waste system. AG Elizabeth Barrett-Anderson confirmed with KUAM News on Friday she will ask the District Court of Guam to allow her to represent the local government in its bid to take over full management from the federally-appointed receiver.

Two years ago the administration hired private counsel  citing what it said was the previous AG's conflict of interest in representing federal receiver Gershman, Brickner & Bratton. Now, Barrett-Anderson has decided to return to the fray, saying, "I'm actually coming in at a time that I think is a good time.  Working with the receiver, working with Guam Solid Waste, and working with the court as well. I've always been of the opinion that the Attorney General's Office should be in this matter. I don't want to speak to all the issues that may have occurred; that the Attorney General's Office and the Governor's Office may have had a split or disagreement. I can tell you this with certainty, the governor and myself and the Guam Solid Waste Authority are together on this matter."

It's been eight years since the federal court appointed receiver GBB has to oversee the closure of the former Ordot Dump and the opening of a new landfill at Layon.  The court stepped in after years of failure by local officials to close Ordot. GovGuam says it's now ready to take over, as the AG noted, "I think what is important is that this case does have an end date. And part of the end of the receivership is the transition to the Guam Solid Waste Authority.  I'd like to be able to help the receiver, the court, so that the Guam Solid Waste Authority can finally take over the management of our waste industry."

Asked when she thought such an end date would occur, Barrett-Anderson said, "I think we'd all like to see an end date, I'm hoping the judge too would like to see an end date.  I don't think that's a certainty right now."

In a letter welcoming back the AG, Governor Eddie Calvo also wrote that the federal receiver has been dragging its feet, adding new projects, and demanding more money.  Calvo is calling on the AG to hold the receiver more accountable, with Barrett-Anderson explaining, "If you're asking me specifically what I'm going to do, I'm not going to respond to that. Because I think I need to meet first with the Guam Solid Waste Authority. I want to ask them what they would like me to do for them as their attorney. Everything else, these concerns about huge amounts of money that have been paid out, those are going to come in to the mix.

"But I don't have any specific comment whether I will or I won't be looking at that right now."

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