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IMPORTANT UPDATE: the date for the Dededo public meeting has been changed to Thursday, February 12.


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 14, 2004

Contact: Walter Leon Guerrero at 475-1644 or walterlg@guamepa.govguam.net
Michael Mann at 475-1623 or mmann@guamepa.govguam.net

Guam EPA searching for unidentified hazardous and other waste sites; Agency to hold public meetings

TIYAN -- The Guam Environmental Protection Agency (Guam EPA) announced today that it will hold three public meetings in January and February to solicit information from the public about potential hazardous and other waste sites on Guam that remain undiscovered. The meetings, which will be held in Merizo on January 20, in Dededo on February 12, and in Ordot/Chalan Pago on February 24, will allow the public to learn more about Guam EPA's efforts to locate these sites and provide an opportunity for residents to share any information they may have about old or recent dump sites that may contain hazardous materials.

"In many cases, residents may be aware of areas where wastes have been dumped or spilled over the last fifty or sixty years -- sites that we may have no record of," said Guam EPA Acting Administrator Randel L. Sablan. "Guam EPA wants to identify these sites so that we can properly address any potential threats to our water, soils, and residents' health," he added.

This project will establish a Hazardous Waste Sites Inventory for Guam. It is funded by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The inventory will include areas where hazardous wastes, pollutants, or contaminants may have been spilled, stored, buried, or abandoned. The intent of this project is to screen potential sites for inclusion in Guam EPA's Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Information System (CERCLIS) list for eventual cleanup and remediation utilizing federal funds, as available.

Guam EPA encourages residents who may have knowledge of areas where potentially hazardous substances or trash may have been dumped, spilled, stored, buried, or abandoned to attend one of the following public meetings:

Merizo Mayor's Office, Tuesday, January 20, 6:30 p.m.

Dededo Mayor's Office, Thursday, February 12, 6:30 p.m.

Ordot/Chalan Pago Mayor's Office, Tuesday, February 24, 6:30 p.m.

If residents are unable to attend any of the public meetings or wish to learn more about this effort, they are encouraged to contact Mr. Walter Leon Guerrero of Guam EPA at 475-1658 or .



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