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Viral video leads to capture of illegal dumpers

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The perpetrators have been caught and citations issued in that illegal dumping incident we reported on earlier this week. Video of the incident went viral on social media, and KUAM and the Guam Environmental Protection Agency were able to track them down.

A viral video depicted a white pickup truck that the property owner caught red-handed dumping the trash, which we were also able to find. The conversation with KUAM follows:

KUAM News: Do you know who owns this truck?

Resident: Why? 

KUAM News: because this is the truck they found illegally dumping yesterday, it was posted on Facebook with the same license plate?

Resident: No, this are my friend.

KUAM News: Your friend, is your friend here?

Resident: No. 


On Thursday Guam EPA did its own investigation, and Glen San Nicolas said they were able to catch their men.

"Even though its clean cut, it's on film, we got the license plate, it's very hard to try and find the individual," he said. "But in this particular case, again through social media, we went to the apartment that the vehicle was last seen, we went ahead and started monitoring for two days and we actually found an individual there, we spoke to the individual that happens to own the apartment, and he's taking full responsibility."

What happened was he was approached by the truck owner who offered to dump his construction materials, for a fee. The illegal dumper has been cited, and the site was cleaned up--by the homeowner.

"He took the proactive approach and he actually hired somebody to clean it up, and he got somebody to clean it up and provided us the disposal receipts and he even took responsibility on the citation," he added.

Administrator Walter Leon Guerrero and board chairman Bob Perron say illegal dumping is very harmful to the environment. They plead for the public's help for the understaffed GEPA in policing violators.

"This is our island, this is not our ashtray, this is not our trash can. People when you contaminate and throw trash you have the ability to contaminate our drinking water source," Leon Guerrero said.

Perron added, "It doesn't cost much to do the right things. So please everybody do the right thing and dispose of your trash and materials properly. It is so important to the future of our island."

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