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Guam - GWA Spokeswoman Heidi Ballendorf rejects allegations that leachate from the Layon landfill is being illegally discharged into the ocean.
The leachate is drains from the landfill and is piped to and processed at the Inarajan Waste Water Treatment Plant by the Guam Waterworks Authority.
Spokesman David Sablan tells PNC News that GRRP has asked the U.S. Justice Department to investigate alleged illegal discharges of that leachate. A letter claims GBB has violated the Federal Clean Water Act was sent Monday to the Justice Department.
In a statment to the media, Ballendorf writes:
GWA would like to set the record straight regarding the Layon Landfill leachate. Here are the facts:
1. The Layon Landfill is a legitimate legal customer of GWA and has been since the start of their plans to build the landfill. They have always followed all GWA rules and regulations.
2. The leachate goes directly to the Inarajan WWTP .
3. No waste water leaves Inarajan WWTP - it is a zero discharge facility. At no time does is leachate discharged into any other sewage collection and treatment system other then the GWA southern district Wastewater system.
4. The ability of the Inarajan treatment plant to effectively treat the leachate has been confirmed on a quarterly basis since the treatment plant began accepting leachate on Sept. 1, 2011. The treatment plant has had no adverse impacts attributable to treating leachate.
5. GWA did a die trace study to verify this, which it did successfully prove out.
6. The ocean around the WWTP is constantly monitored by GBB to confirm this (and has been for 6 months PRIOR to receiving the leachate).
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