OAG wants immediate action on Ordot dump

Guam’s case seeks to hold the US Navy accountable for their share of dumping toxic waste at the Ordot Dump. (PNC file photo)

Stop the stall tactics, that is what the Office of the Attorney General wants the federal government to do in the case involving the environmental issues at the Ordot Dump.

“We are asking that all parties pay their fair share for cleaning up the contamination of Ordot Dump and for the construction of Layon Landfill. Yes, Guam must bear some of that responsibility but so must the federal government,” Attorney General Leevin Camacho said after sharing a complaint brought under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA).

According to Camacho, he is opposed to any additional delays in holding the US government accountable for its roles in creating environmental issues at the Ordot Dump and the surrounding areas.

The opposition from the AG’s office comes as the US Government filed an appeal to review the federal district court’s denial to dismiss the case.

According to the AG, “Guam sued the United States of America (US) to recover a portion of the costs for the remediation and closure of Ordot Dump and the construction of the Layon Landfill. The US moved to dismiss the case, arguing that Guam filed its case too late.”

The OAG argues that the US has unfairly gained an advantage through its delay tactics, calling them unfairly prejudiced.

The OAG pointed out that Guam has been forced “to borrow more than $160 million for the remediation of the Ordot Dump, and for the relocation and related construction of the island’s only public municipal landfill facility to be used by everyone on the island, including the U.S. military.”

Guam will be irreparably harmed if an appeal is granted because the interest Guam pays on its debt will be more than the interest Guam will be awarded if it prevails in the case. Despite the US controlling and using Ordot Dump for decades, the US has never contributed funding to assist Guam in the closing of the Ordot Dump or the construction of a replacement facility.

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Jolene Toves
Jolene joined the PNC team in 2017, as a producer, co-anchor and investigative reporter covering law enforcement, courts and crimes. Notable coverage includes the Ehlert case, the Mark Torre Jr. trial, the Allan Agababa trial, exclusive pieces on the Life of a Drug Dealer/Addict, and Life behind bars...the story of Honofre Chargualaf and Kevin Cruz. In 2019, she was promoted to Assistant News Director and Lead Anchor. From 2015 to 2017 she served as Public Relations and Promotions Manager, for the Hotel Nikko Guam handling local radio and advertorial promotions, as well as produced and directed tv commercials for the hotel. Prior to this she worked with KUAM for three years as a reporter and segment host. She began her journalism career in 2012, working with Glimpses of Guam contributing to the Guam Business Magazine, R&R magazine, MDM magazine and the Marianas Business Journal.