Friday, February 12, 2010

EPA's silence on dredging questioned

EPA's silence on dredging questioned

Posted: Feb 09, 2010 2:51 PM
Updated: Feb 09, 2010 2:51 PM

by Nick Delgado

Guam - For the most part it was smooth sailing for George Lai during his confirmation hearing to sit on the Guam Environmental Protection Agency's board of directors this morning. What did hit rough waters was concerns regarding why Guam EPA has not been more vocal on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement and the military's plans to dredge Apra Harbor.

Guam EPA's Air and Land Division Chief Conchita Taitano assured senators they are not under a gag order and that instead they are still compiling information before presenting to the Governor's Office. She said, "I can assure you that in our weekly technical meetings, all of the division heads have shared our concerns for each of the volumes. The issue regarding dredging, we have concerns on that because of lack of information."

According to the DEIS, the military plans to dredge about 36 acres of Apra Harbor in order to make space for an air craft carrier to pass through to Polaris Point.

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