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.