DSMOA-CERCLA and GREEN PARCEL

About the Program

Responsibilities established by law

 

The Department of Defense (DoD) and State/Territorial Memorandum of Agreement (DSMOA) Program works closely with DoD on environmental restoration and clean-up work in Guam. The program was created by the Superfund Amendment and Reauthorization Act of 1986.

Under the DSMOA Program, Guam EPA has regulatory oversight of the Navy and Air Force’s environmental restoration efforts to ensure compliance with local and federal laws and regulations.


Elements of the DSMOA-CERCLA Program

The program oversees three DoD programs:

  • Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC): A clean-up program to ensure the environmental suitability of properties for transfer to GovGuam.
  • Installation Restoration Program: The main DoD environmental restoration program which covers on-base actions, such as the Orote landfill at COMNAVMAR and CB landfill clean-up at Finegayan.
  • Formerly Used Defense Sites (FUDS): U.S. Army Corps of Engineers program to clean up military sites that are no longer owned by the U.S. Government.
  • Superfund:A clean-up program under the federal government to clean up the nation’s uncontrolled hazardous waste sites listed under the National Priorities List (NPL).
    Andersen Air Force Base is under the NPL and listed as a Superfund site.

More information about the DSMOA Programs’ successes can be found in the program’s Final Report.

Guam Green Parcel Program

Visit our Green Parcel Page to learn what the program can do for you.

The Green Parcel Program is funded through the federal Brownfields Program. This Program was created by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to help communities deal with environmental contamination that may be presenting an obstacle to redevelopment. The program focuses on sites where either real or perceived contamination by hazardous substances or petroleum products from past site uses serves to limit reinvestment or development interest.

Guam EPA began working with Green Parcels in 2006 through federal grant funding from U.S. EPA, Region IX. During the past five years, the Agency has worked with the Guam Economic Development and Commerce Authority, the Port Authority of Guam, the Guam International Airport Authority and the Department of Parks and Recreation. It is the Program’s goal to identify and evaluate the risks posed by these properties, and find solutions so that reuse and redevelopment is possible.

Listing of Green Parcels in Guam (View Map)
Guam Community College Pistol Range0.33 acresActivePhase 1 is currently ongoing

Guam Brownfields

Site Name
Size (acres)
Status
Assessments
Guam International Airport Authority – Former Aircraft Graveyard (POI-3) .1 acre Completed Phase 1 done in 2008. Phase 2 done in Oct. 2010.
Guam International Airport Authority – Former GSE Maintenance Facility (POI-6) .22 acre Completed Phase 1 done in 2008. Phase 2 done in Oct. 2010.
Guam International Airport Authority – VQ-5Interceptor Drainage (POI-18) .13 acre Completed Phase 1 done in 2008. Phase 2 done in Oct. 2010.
Father Duenas High School Monitoring Well 10 acres Completed Phase 1 done in April 2008. Phase 2 done in April 2008.
Harmon Loop Transition Site 10 acres Completed Phase 1 done in May 2008. Phase 2 done in July 2010.
Old Navy Supply Depot, Drum Storage Lot, Polaris Point 79 acres Active Phase 1 done in July 2008. Phase 2 being done by the Lessee.
Tiyan Transition Site 4 acres Active Phase 1 done in Oct. 2009. Phase 2 is ongoing.
Yigo Transition Site 8.44 acres Active Phase 1 is currently ongoing.
Apra Harbor Reservation F (Port Container Yard Expansion Area) 30 acres Active Phase 1 done in Sept. 2008. Phase 2 is ongoing.
Tiyan Gymnasium (Navy Gym) 43.4 acres Active Phase 1 done in April 2011. Phase 2 is ongoing.
Father Duenas High School Tennis Court 2 acres W/R9
Umatac Low Cost Housing Development Planned
Mangilao Rugby Field Proposed
Deded Public Market Site Proposed
Dededo Low Cost Housing Proposed
Former Go Cart Track 2.21 acres Completed Phase 1 done in April 2011, Phase 2 done in February 2013
Former Office Building and Quonset Area 43.4 acres Active Phase 1 done in April 2011, Phase 2 is being proposed
Guam Community College Pistol Range 0.33 acres Active Phase 1 is currently ongoing
Guam Brownfields 1.10 acres Completed
Farmers Market Cooperative Facility 7.0 acres Completed  December 2015
Total Acreage 241.33 acres

For more information click on the Guam Environmental Protection Agency Brownsfield Grant Fact Sheet.

Hazardous and Petroleum Assessment

Federal funding is received to perform environmental assessments of properties for the presence
of petroleum and hazardous substances.

Guam State Response Program

Guam EPA received funding from USEPA, Region IX to develop the Guam Environment Assessment & Remediation (GEAR) Program. The purpose of this program will be to establish a program that prevents and addresses hazardous substance releases in a manner consistent with existing policy of non-degradation whenever it is necessary, feasible and cost-effective. The basic elements of this program are:

  • Timely survey and inventory of potential Brownfield sites;
  • Oversight and enforcement authorities and other legal mechanisms and resources;
  • Mechanisms and resources to provide meaningful opportunities for public participation;
  • Mechanisms for approval of a cleanup plan including verification and certification that
    cleanup is complete;
  • Establish and maintain Public Record.

Program Staff and Contact Information

Galo Baluran Acting Division Head 1.671.300.7873 Galo.Baluran@epa.guam.gov
Edwin G. Aranza Planner III 1.671.300.4797 Edwin.Aranza@epa.guam.gov
Michael Cruz Environmental Health Specialist III 1.671.300.7874 Mike.Cruz@epa.guam.gov
Joe Wesley Special Projects Coordinator 1.671.300.4798 Joe.Wesley@epa.guam.gov

External Links about DSMOA and Brownfields