Guam- Senator Tom Ada has introduced a measure in order to prepare for the eventual return of the Department of Public Works (DPW) Solid Waste Division (SWD) to the Government of Guam.
While the division is currently under the Federal Receivership of Gershman, Brickner & Bratton (GBB), Ada says he wants to create an autonomous Guam Solid Waste Authority that would be governed by the Consolidated Commission on Utilities (CCU). Ada also states that this autonomous agency would be similar in how the Guam Power and Waterworks Authorities function. Furthermore, the Senator says Bill 35 also sets up a transition period with the District Court and Federal Receiver when the current Solid Waste Division will be returned to GovGuam.
“When the court deems that the consent decree requirements have been satisfied, at least with an opening of a new landfill and the operation of your solid waste pick up, and now that it can be returned….then that’s when the Solid Waste Authority will be transferred under the governance of the CCU” said Ada. “And hopefully, the court will be more amenable and feel more comfortable about returning it back because now we got a governing body with a proven track record.”
Ada adds the CCU would function as the board of directors for the new Guam Solid Waste Authority. The initial version of his measure was introduced last June, but was held off for further development. It has already received positive reviews by the CCU.