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House calls for ‘urgent’ meeting with DPW over Marpi landfill

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SPEAKER Blas Jonathan Attao has asked the chairs of four House committees to discuss “urgent” matters regarding the Marpi landfill with Department of Public Works Secretary James Ada.

The meeting was set by the committee chairs for today, Wednesday, at 1:30 p.m. in the speaker’s conference room.

In their letter to Ada, Ways and Means Committee Chairman Ivan Blanco, Judiciary and Governmental Operations Chairman Joel Camacho, Health & Welfare Committee Chairman Jose Itibus and Public Utilities, Transportation and Communications Committee Chairman Marco Peter said they want to discuss the Marpi landfill including “but not limited to contracts, cell linings, capacity status, funding, and other related matters.”

During a House leadership meeting on Tuesday, Rep. Joseph Leepan T. Guerrero brought up concerns regarding the landfill. He said some of the trash were being “blown away” by the wind and scattered on adjacent areas.

At the landfill, he said, there is no compactor which is supposed to “keep the trash pinned to the ground.”

A bulldozer pushes trash at the Marpi landfill.  Photo by Emmanuel T. Erediano

Rep. Joel Camacho agreed. “We need information about what’s going on at the landfill,” he said.

Variety learned that the compactor was “inoperable,” and the only equipment working at the site were a bulldozer and a backhoe.

Pieces of trash that were blown away by the wind had to be retrieved manually by a landfill staffer who told Variety that “this has been the situation here for a week now.”

Variety was also told that the Bureau of Environmental and Coastal Quality made an “unannounced” visit at the landfill and noted the lack of a working compactor.

Variety was unable to get a comment from Tangs Corp. which operates at the landfill.

DPW officials, for their part, said they will provide information about the landfill during their meeting with lawmakers today, Wednesday.

November 2020 pssnewsletter

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