GEPA Plans To Investigate Dumps Near Ordot Once Court Order Is Received

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Guam- On Friday, District Court Judge Frances Tydingco Gatewood ordered the Guam Environmental Protection Agency to investigate dump sites within a 3 mile radius of the Ordot dump.

The order is at the request of Federal Receiver Gershman, Brickner and Bratton. The court order requires Guam EPA to investigate if these dump sites near Ordot are within local and federal laws and regulations. Guam EPA is also required to look for leachate and groundwater contamination and to ensure the sites don’t complicate the closure of the Ordot dump.

However, GEPA Administrator Ivan Quinata says as of Tuesday morning, they did not receive any court order yet. Quinata did acknowledge he did hear about it, and maintains they will comply once his agency receives the paperwork.

“I’ve heard that there was a receiver report, but I haven’t received a court order yet. I suspect I may be getting it later today” said Quinata.

Quinata confirms late this afternoon he received something from the Attorney General’s Office, but must review it before officially stating it is a court order.