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Where will all the Cabras oil go once the plant shuts down?

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There's a looming problem over the disposal of used oil. How do we get rid of more than 1.5 million gallons of the stuff each year once the power plant, where it's burned, is finally shut down?  That's the sticky question that senators want a special task force to solve.

For more than 25 years, used oil has been burned at the Cabras Power Plant. But the aging units, two of which were heavily damaged by a fire in 2015, will soon be taken out of commission. To avert a potential environmental crisis, Sen.Telo Taitague introduced a bill to bring the experts together. 

Guam Solid Waste Authority General Manager Larry Gast has 30 years of experience with used oil disposal.

"One of the things you're going to have to remember is that whatever plan you choose, is not going to be a set in stone plan," he said.

For example, fluctuating oil prices.

"Today, you may take an estimate as to what your costs are going to be, and if oil is at $100 a gallon, you're going to get paid for some of it," Gast said. "But if oil drops down to $28 a gallon, $28 a barrel, sorry, I mean barrels, you're going to be paying to get rid of used oil."

Others point out that shipping the oil off-island will be quite expensive, and have to be passed on to businesses and consumers.

And GPA General Manager John Benavente says the power company which is building a new type of generator, can no longer be the solution.

"Really at the end of the day my whole point of how to get this done is the private sector has to be engaged," he said. "Someone in the private sector has to bring the solution to us and be able to invest in that solution to be able to make it happen."

Gast says it's a complex issue, but there are some practical solutions that the community can start practicing.

"One of the basic things in recycling is to reduce," he said. If everybody switched to synthetics the motor oil issues would be half of what they are if they used conventional oil," said Gast.

He says once the word gets out a lot of companies will come out of the woodwork offering alternatives. The GSWA general manager's advice? "Make sure you do your homework."

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