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.