Senators OK bill requiring transparency in environmental violation notices

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Senator Therese Terlaje (file photo)

The 35th Legislature has unanimously passed Sen. Therese Terlaje’s Bill 27-35 that would require the timely publication of environmental violation notices and settlement agreements on the Guam Environmental Protection Agency’s website.

The bill would also require regular reporting of these notices and agreements to the GEPA board of directors.

Required for publication under the bill as notices of violations, orders of compliance, notices of defense, voluntary compliance agreements, settlement agreements and referrals to the Office of the Attorney General for prosecution.

“By increasing agency transparency, we are prioritizing active participation by the public in their government and ultimately making agencies and their boards accountable for the level of enforcement that our entire community is depending on,” Terlaje said.

She said the bill is consistent with Guam EPA board’s recently adopted policy that would put violations online.

“I wholeheartedly support EPA’s efforts towards transparency and open governance, and I ask that my colleagues do the same by increasing agency transparency especially in these enforcement agencies,” Terlaje said.

“We are hoping to build the trust of the public and prioritize active participation by the public in protecting the environment and ultimately making agencies and their boards accountable for the level of enforcement that our entire community is depending upon,” she added.

 

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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.