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Guam EPA staff to participate in Earth Day cleanup; Offices closed Tuesday, April 22

Guam EPA’s offices will be closed Tuesday, April 22 as the staff participate in an all-day cleanup to celebrate Earth Day 2014. Guam EPA recognizes the importance of eliminating, as best as possible, any impact that this monthly closure will have on its customers. Customers who need assistance can make an appointment for another day…
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Air curtain burner pilot project to help green waste and invasive species

The Guam Environmental Protection Agency today announced it will be partnering with the National Park Service in launching a pilot project using an air curtain burner to dispose of green waste without spreading invasive species. The pilot project will launch at 2 p.m. Monday, April 14, at the War in the Pacific National Park in…
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Earth Day event listing released

The Guam Environmental Protection Agency (Guam EPA) today released a complete listing of Earth Day 2014 activities. “This year we are encouraging every resident of Guam to think about our one earth, one land and one sea during April,” said Guam EPA Administrator Eric M. Palacios. “We have many service learning events, field trips. beach…
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Public invited to meeting about projects focusing on revitalizing properties

The Guam Environmental Protection Agency is encouraging all mayors, real estate professionals, environmental companies and the general public to attend a public meeting about Green Parcels. The meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 26, 2014 at the Hilton Guam Resort and Spa in Tumon. “The idea behind Green Parcels is to take a closer…
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International solid waste expert to visit and present in Guam

The Guam Environmental Protection Agency today announced international solid waste expert Eric Lombardi will be a keynote speaker at the Zero Waste Pacific conference in May. “Eric Lombardi is a leader in recycling systems and public-private development. Guam EPA encourages anyone working in the field of solid waste to attend the conference to learn about…
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Three nationally-recognized solid waste managers to conduct training in Guam

The Guam Environmental Protection Agency today announced the names of the trainers who will be conducting the national solid waste certification course on-island in May. The trainers are Matthew Cotton, Michael Tilley and Joe Williams. All three trainers are certified instructors with the Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA). “We are so pleased to…
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Guam EPA commends Buena Vista for cleaning up illegally dumped cooking oil

The Guam Environmental Protection Agency today recognized Buena Vista Environmental LLC for assisting with the cleanup of illegally dumped cooking oil. Buena Vista assisted in cleaning up 13 five-gallon containers of cooking oil that were illegally dumped earlier this week. The company is permitted to accept fats, oil and grease (FOG) and non-hazardous contaminated soils.…
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Guam EPA wins $7.51 million judgment against illegal dump operator Joseph S. Taitano

The Guam Environmental Protection Agency has won a summary judgment against Joseph S. Taitano and his wife Rosalind C. Taitano. The judgment awards Guam EPA $7.51 million dollars. The amount includes payment of restitution and more than $3 million in fines, against each respondent, based on civil penalties for solid waste violations. “Joseph S. Taitano…
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Registration open for zero waste training and conference

The Guam Environmental Protection Agency today announced online registration for the upcoming Zero Waste Pacific training and conference is now open. Registration for the training and conference can be found online. More information about the conference can be found here. The training includes three-day courses conducted by the Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA).…
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Guam EPA responding to diesel spill

Guam EPA staff responded this morning a reported fuel spill at Santos Hill in Upper Tumon along Marine Drive. Motorists are advised to avoid the area until further notice. Guam EPA will post updates online, at Facebook.com/GuamEPA and at

Pacific Man-o-Wars spotted along east side

Guam EPA staff observed Pacific Man-o-War washed up on shore at multiple beaches on the east side of the island today. Pacific Man o’ War can be blown toward the island by strong offshore winds and can cause painful stings. The animals are small and appear like an inflated blue plastic bag connected to blue…
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Guam EPA teaches pesticide class for farmers, landscapers and other applicators

The Guam Environmental Protection Agency (Guam EPA) this week is hosting training about General Use Pesticides (GUP) for farmers, landscapers and others who use or apply these chemicals. The training includes detailed instruction about Guam’s pesticide regulations, requirements and mandates. It also stresses the importance of safety and how to respond during emergency situations involving…
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Guam EPA adds Toguan River to weekly beach advisory due to use of sewage bypass

The Guam Environmental Protection Agency (Guam EPA) today added the Toguan River in Umatac to the weekly list of beaches under advisory. Toguan Bay was already on the list of advisories. According to reports from the Guam Waterworks Authority (GWA), the sewage lagoon at the Umatac/Merizo Wastewater Treatment Plant began to overflow and the facility…
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Guam’s Recycling Rate Increases to 28 percent

The Guam Environmental Protection Agency (Guam EPA) today released its calculated island-wide recycling rate for the second year, in observance of America Recycles Day, and it is pleased to announce a double-digit increase from last year’s figure — from 17.85% to 28.13%. “The 10-percentage-points increase in Guam’s recycling rate shows that more people are recognizing…
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Public Advisory issued about Pesticide Residue

For Immediate Release DPHSS Release No. 2013-077 Public Advisory on Pesticide Residues on Vegetables As part of its regulatory activity in protecting the public from potentially unsafe foods, the Division of Environmental Health of the Department of Public Health and Social Services (DPHSS) has been testing fruits and vegetables for residual pesticide.  Three batches of…
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Guam EPA and Public Health close Inarajan Bay due to sewage

The Guam Department of Public Health and Social Services (DPHSS) working with the Guam Environmental Protection Agency (Guam EPA) today issued a closure for Inarajan Bay. A sewage leak has been identified in the near vicinity and is affecting the water quality of the bay. Residents are advised not to go in the water at…
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Guam EPA issues advisory for Inarajan and Asan/Piti Bay given sewage leaks

The Guam Environmental Protection Agency (Guam EPA) today issued advisories for Inarajan Bay and Piti Bay. Sewage leaks have been identified in the vicinity of both Inarajan and Piti Bay. Residents are advised not to go in the water in either bay until further notice. Raw sewage poses a significant threat to the environment and…
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Guam EPA warns residents to stay out of stormwater runoff

The Guam Environmental Protection Agency (Guam EPA) is encouraging residents to stay out of stormwater runoff and nearshore waters. Large amounts of rain create stormwater runoff that may contain high levels of bacteria. Areas of flooding may also be on private property and venturing into flooded areas can be considered trespassing. Residents are also advised…
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Guam EPA weekly beach report unavailable; Residents advised to avoid beach during high surf advisory

The Guam Environmental Protection Agency (Guam EPA) will not issue a weekly beach report today. Samples taken yesterday from recreational waters have been invalidated due to electrical issues in the Operations Building. Residents are advised to avoid all beach areas due to the continued high surf advisory. The a dvisory remains in effect until 6…
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Guam EPA Operations Building closed; Public Advised to proceed to Administration Building

The Guam Environmental Protection Agency (Guam EPA) Operations Building will be closed today due to electrical issues. The Administration Building remains open. Customers who would like to schedule an appointment with a particular program are encouraged to contact Guam EPA via epa.guam.gov or email TammyJoAnderson.Taft@epa.guam.gov. For more information call Guam EPA’s Administration Office at 300-4751/52/53…
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