27 Nov 2008

Guam senators want to sue US over dump closure

5:44 pm on 27 November 2008

Senators in Guam have introduced a measure to sue the federal government over the financing of the closure of Ordot Dump and the opening of a new landfill on the island.

Democrat senators argue the US government should incur no less than half of the cost to comply with the consent decree, since the federal government opened the Ordot Dump and turned it over to Guam's government without providing for mitigation of toxic wastes, which led to the eventual federal receivership.

The Pacific News Centre reports that the bill appropriates 200,000 US dollars in federal highway funds for the Attorney General to appoint a special prosecutor for the suit.

Another bill currently before Guam's legislature is looking at suing the federal government for overdue compact-impact funds.