CNMI utilities company placed under state of emergency

3:51 pm on 24 May 2017

The Commonwealth Utilities Corporation in the Northern Mariana Islands has been placed under a "State of Significant Emergency" because it lacks a board of directors.

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The Governor Ralph Torres put the utilities' company under the emergency declaration after the resignations.

The order gives his office the power to continue the planned purchase of a replacement generator, with the Executive Branch leading the project.

Our correspondent said the company's daily operations of providing power, water, and wastewater services could be disrupted by the hold ups that have surrounded its plans to buy a replacement engine.

Mr Torres had sought the board's resignation following the revelations about the utility's plan to buy an engine which it allegedly did outside of the proper procurement processes.

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