In an interview on NewsTalk K57 with Patti Arroyo – Attorney General Leevin Camacho went into further detail regarding the Sasayan Valley suit settlement.
PNC’s Althea Engman has more…
On Newstalk k57 with Patti Arroyo, Attorney General Leevin Camacho stated, “You have them agreeing to finish the clean up of the cave. You also have the separate action filed by the landowner so when we talk about 900 thousand oh that’s all we gonna get. But you have to look at it as one piece of a broader action and the fact that we filed it.
Last week, a settlement worth 950 thousand was reached between the Government of Guam, Samsung E and C America incorporated, and KEPCO Mangilao Solar LLC involving the July 2021 Marbo Cave Incident.
According to the OAG, the settlement not only fully addresses the damage caused by the incident, but also ensures that the Mangilao Solar Project will continue without further delays.
This project caused large pools of soil to be dumped into the ocean as a result of the storm runoff. The pools of soil will greatly damage our water resources and Guam’s aquifers.
The settlement agreement follows a 9-month extensive clean-up process.
Although no punitive charges were filed even though the community expected more penalties for environmental cases like this, it is one piece of a broader spectrum and is tied to actual damages and from there you can get a percentage of explicementary damages, said the AG and added that the settlement was a smarter move because this was their first time filing a case like this.
Attorney General Camacho adds,” We’ve talked to our experts and we’ve been in consultation with environmental lawyers across the country so it’s not like we walked in blindly and agreed to the total terms but it’s something we have not filed before and that is the message that the government of Guam. Part of the settlement we are going to receive will be put back into training and building capacity for our office.
AG Camacho further reports that Guam is now looking to use the money received to be used in training experts who can handle environmental cases along with supporting various organizations that do environmental work and protecting cultural and natural resources
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