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EPA Says Guam Buildup “Should Not Proceed as Proposed”

February 25, 2010
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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has given the DEIS a rating of EU-3, the worst rating that can be given. The Agency released their assesment of the document and found the DEIS “Environmentally Unsatisfactory”. The EPA stated, “the action should not proceed as proposed.”

The concerns of the USEPA include:

– “significant adverse public health impacts” related to the lack of planning for the wastewater treatment and water supply needs of the induced population growth.

– “unacceptable impacts to 71 acres of high quality coral reef ecosystem in Apra harbor.”

-An incorrect methodology used in the DEIS for evaluating the full extent of impacts to coral reef habitat.

-An inappropiate exclusion of the impacts of construction workers and induced population growth.

-An immediate island-wide shortfall in water supply.

-An increased exposure to water borne disease from sewage stormwater infiltration into drinking water

-Low water pressure for firefighting

-Saltwater intrusion into Guam’s acquifer.

-An increase in raw sewage spills exposing people to raw sewage in their drinking water supply, ocean recreation, and shellfish consumption.

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One Comment leave one →
  1. Zac permalink
    February 26, 2010 1:47 am

    This is totally unrelated, but I was just curious on your thoughts about the new HBO miniseries “The Pacific”. Pretty much off the heels of their “Band of Brothers” miniseries, this one obviously takes a look at the conflict in the pacific. Since we took Prof. Salesa’s class, I couldn’t help but think how well this would come into play during our discussions there. Anyway, just curious and thought it would be an interesting point to discuss HERE of all places…”Be Pacific”!

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