Guam – A closed door settlement conference began at District Court today [Wednesday] between the Guam Waterworks Authority and the U.S. EPA.
District Court Judge Francis Tydingco-Datewood has ordered the 2 sides to hammer out a compromise agreement with Magistrates Judge Joaquin Manibusan. to settle the remaining projects under the court’s stipulated order. That order is aimed at bringing GWA into compliance with the Clean Water Act.
Although the media was not allowed into the conference room, GWA Spokesperson Heidi Ballendorf told PNC News they are making progress.
The projects under negotiation include upgrades to the island’s wastewater treatment plants as well as inspections and repairs to GWA’s aging drinking water tanks.
U.S. EPA has pushed for the inclusion of more comprehensive and costly projects. GWA wants to stick to the original projects as outlined in the initial order.
If they fail to reach agreement by March 31st, the court will impose an agreement on them.