5 Nov 2008

CNMI's Fitial extends CUC emergency for 3rd time

2:31 pm on 5 November 2008

The CNMI's Governor, Benigno Fitial, has extended the state of disaster emergency for the Commonwealth Utilities Corporation for 30 more days, despite objections from lawmakers.

The Governor first declared the state of emergency on August 1st.

The governor says the order is necessary to keep power flowing on Saipan.

The declaration allows CUC to bypass procurement regulations and air quality standards.

On Friday, the Legislature passed a bill limiting the governor's power to declare disaster emergencies.

The CNMI is currently under three states of emergency: one for the Commonwealth Utilities Corp., one for the lack of a full-time pharmacist at the Commonwealth Health Center, and one for the island of Anatahan, which experienced a volcanic eruption in 2003.