VIDEO: CNMI Report: CUC Misses Another U.S. EPA Deadline

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Guam – The Commonwealth Utilities Corp. has once again failed to meet one of the deadlines required by its stipulated agreement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

This time it was a Feb. 4, 2011 target date to procure oil spill equipment items.

CUC said it has approached Clean Islands Council, a not-for-profit oil spill response organization and cooperative, which has offered to assist CUC to buy the spill response equipment at cost.

The utilities firm said it has been in contact with CIC and has obtained a partial list of equipment that CUC could sole-source for the requirement.

CUC first informed the U.S. District Court for the NMI and EPA about delays in its procurement of oil spill equipment on Dec. 29, 2010.

The court’s first and second stipulated orders were intended to resolve longstanding deficiencies relating to CUC’s wastewater systems, drinking water systems, and oil storage, transportation, and disposal program.