GBB Quarterly Report: Combustible Gas Levels Found Near Ordot Dump; Military Waste Lower Than Expected

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Guam – Among the highlights of the Solid Waste receiver’s Quarterly Report today [Wednesday], GBB says combustible gas levels were found in a GWA water valve vault near the Ordot dump.

The gas was flushed and the location continues to be monitored.

The Receiver also reported that military waste levels are lower than expected however GBB reports a serious issue with excluded waste. GBB reports that the Military is delivering much more excluded waste “than could have been reasonably anticipated.”  NAVFAC recognizes the problem and is working with GBB to find a solution.

In the report, the receiver focused on 3 broad areas:

* ensuring that the Ordot Dump is not a source of future pollution

* ensuring that the new Layon Landfill is operated and maintained in accordance with all applicable federal and Guam laws and regulations

* and ensuring that Guam Solid Waste customers are served in a timely and cost-effective manner

READ the Federal Receiver GBB’s Quarterly Report HERE

1. ORDOT DUMP CLOSURE:

* Property boundary and topographic surveys conducted on areas where new Right-of-Entry (ROE) authorizations are acquired for field investigations

* much of the investigation work needed is on land not owned by GovGuam. Acquiring ROEs has taken longer than expected. 2 ROE’s obtained, 2 more still needed.

* Beginning in February 2012 ALL ground water monitoring wells were installed.

* Early data from field investigations indicate that waste extends beyond the limits identified in the 2005 waste delineation work.

* POTENTIAL SAFETY ISSUE IDENTIFIED and ADDRESSED: 

– combustible gas levels found at a Guam Waterworks Authority (GWA) water valve vault

– gas could present an immediate safety hazard to GWA employees who may perform operations at that vault

– GWA was immediately contacted, confirmed the readings and put in place precautionary operational protocols for safety when accessing the vault

–  GWA provided water truck to flush water into the vault to evacuate the air so the manhole cover could be safely removed and the vault inspected

2. Layon Landfill

*Layon Groundwater and Site Monitoring: the first semi-annual sampling event under the Detection Monitoring Plan (DMP) for groundwater was successfully conducted November 14-18, 2011. A report is pending with an anticipated submittal in the near future.

* Layon Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan: Stormwater inspections, monitoring and reporting continue,  regular testing of stormwater is required and will be incorporated under the environmental monitoring performed during landfill operations. The Receiver has contracted with EA Engineering, Science and Technology to perform this monitoring work.

* Layon Spill Prevention Countermeasures Control Plan:  Spill Prevention Countermeasures Control (SPCC) Plan puts procedures and controls in place at the landfill to reduce the chance of a petroleum release at the facility during operations. This plan is now in practice during operations and is the daily responsibility of the operator.

* Inarajan WWTP: An increase in effluent ammonia is occurring, but there are no adverse impacts attributable to the addition of leachate from the Layon Landfill to the WWTP. We will continue to work with GWA to carefully monitor these results and make any operational adjustments indicated.

3. Operations of the Guam Solid Waste Authority

* GSWA crews performed approximately 421,600 residential collections, with 99.7 percent of the collections on-time

* the number of GSWA employees stands at 56,  a reduction of approximately 43%  percent when compared to the 99 employees in the Solid Waste Management Division when the Court appointed the Receiver in March 2008. Of these 56 employees, 15 are temporary workers, three are contract employees, and 38 are Government of Guam employees.

4. Financial Issues and Capital Funding

* During the first five months of FY 2012,  total spending was 11.6%  below budget. Personnel costs were over 31%  below budget, and non-personnel spending was 7.1% below budget.

* Revenue from all sources was 9.8% above budget, resulting in a net surplus for the period of $672,370

5. Military Waste

*  waste deliveries under the contract with NAVFAC for the disposal of military waste for the Navy and Air Force continued to be significantly lower than the estimates in the contract with NAVFAC as well as NAVFAC’s earlier estimates of waste.

* however, there is a “serious issue with excluded waste”

* the contract with NAVFAC requires that the Military deliver only acceptable waste (i.e., waste allowed by the permit for the Layon Landfill)

* unlike policy for other commercial haulers, the contract with NAVFAC obligates GSWA to separate any excluded waste delivered by NAVFAC and either properly dispose of it or return it to NAVFAC.

* we made the accommodation in the Military contract since NAVFAC did not have much experience in separating excluded waste

* however, the amount of the excluded waste the Military is actually delivering is much higher than could have been reasonably anticipated.

* NAVFAC recognizes the problem and is working with us to find an effective way to address the problem.