Solid waste receivership to end April 30

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Guam – After over a decade of Court-appointed receivership, the Government of Guam will finally oversee the day-to-day operations of Guam’s solid waste management.

The transfer is effective at 5:00 p.m. on April 30, 2019.

The announcement follows District Court Judge Frances Tydingco-Gatewood’s preliminary order transferring day-to-day operations to the Government of Guam and the Guam Solid Waste Authority.

“This is a historic day for Guam because the Federal Court has recognized the effort of our administration to reclaim the responsibilities of our Solid Waste Authority.,” stated Gov. Lou Leon
Guerrero.

With the Guam Economic Development Authority (GEDA) leading the effort to ensure the financing plan for the Layon Landfill Cell 3 and Ordot Dump Post Closure Care, Judge Tydingco-Gatewood was extremely impressed and expressed her satisfaction with the efficiency and effectiveness in collaborating with local and federal stakeholders to gain a consensus on an acceptable financing plan for these projects.

“I am really proud of the meticulous and expeditious work by GEDA and members of my
Fiscal Discipline Team. They knew that the financing plan to construct a new landfill, relieve
the federal receiver, and continue monitoring Ordot Dump was going to be critical for our
Administration to demonstrate and they delivered by collaborating with the GSWA Board,
the Attorney General’s Office, Senator Sabina Perez and my legal team,” said Leon Guerrero.

“We look forward to efficiently running the solid waste operations under its new
management and remain dedicated to protecting our environment and the health of our
people.”

A continuation hearing regarding the transition of the Ordot Dump Post Closure Care has been scheduled for May 8.