Guam lawsuit says Navy should pay its share of dump cleanup

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An aerial view of Naval Base Guam. The U.S. territory has filed a lawsuit against the Navy, claiming the service is partially responsible for environmental contamination at a closed landfill once used for municipal and military waste. DEVEN ELLIS/U.S. NAVY
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An aerial view of Naval Base Guam. The U.S. territory has filed a lawsuit against the Navy, claiming the service is partially responsible for environmental contamination at a closed landfill once used for municipal and military waste. DEVEN ELLIS/U.S. NAVY

Guam lawsuit says Navy should pay its share of dump cleanup

by: Matthew M. Burke | .
Stars and Stripes | .
published: March 08, 2017

Guam has filed a lawsuit against the Navy, claiming the service is partially responsible for environmental contamination at a closed landfill once used for municipal and military waste.

The U.S. territory is also hoping to collect a share of past and future cleanup costs totaling more than $200 million, according to the civil complaint filed Thursday at a U.S. district court in Connecticut.

“Guam should not be left to shoulder the full financial burden of having closed Ordot Dump when it is clear that the United States Navy is also responsible for the environmental condition of the dump,” Guam Attorney General Elizabeth Barrett-Anderson, who authorized the suit, said in a statement.

In 2002, the U.S. government sued Guam under the Clean Water Act, saying that discharge from the unlined and uncapped landfill was leaking into the Lonfit River and two of its tributaries, the complaint said.

This eventually led Guam to agree to close the landfill and shoulder the burden to repair the environmental damage, which included capping the landfill, installing stormwater management ponds, discharge water storage tanks and a sewer line.

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