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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
For more information, contact:
David L. Manning, Special Principal Associate
Gershman, Brickner & Bratton, Inc.
Federal Receiver
703-573-5800
dmanninggbb@gmail.com
www.guamsolidwastereceiver.org

 

Guam Solid Waste Authority Contracts with NAVFAC for Military Use of the Layon Landfill

(Guam, October 4, 2011) – Federal Receiver Gershman, Brickner & Bratton, Inc. (GBB) today announced that the Guam Solid Waste Authority (GSWA), previously the Solid Waste Management Division, has reached an agreement with Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Marianas to begin using the Layon Landfill for disposal of non-hazardous waste from its facilities on Guam.  NAVFAC will also use the new Hauler-only Transfer Station operated by Guahan Waste Control to minimize the truck traffic to the Layon Landfill.

The contract, which was approved by the Office of the Guam Attorney General and the Lieutenant Governor on behalf of the Governor’s Office, requires NAVFAC to pay the same rate as other customers and to ensure that all waste delivered for disposal is acceptable under the permits issued by the Guam Environmental Protection Agency for the Layon Landfill and the Transfer Station. The contract is for five years, the longest time-frame for which NAVFAC reports that it is allowed to contract under current federal rules applicable to this contract.  Waste deliveries under the contract began on October 1st.

“This is an important milestone for the environment and will make solid waste services more cost-effective for Guam’s citizens and businesses,” said Receiver Representative David L. Manning.  “Even with Military participation in the new landfill, we expect the Layon Landfill to meet Guam’s disposal needs for at least 40 to 50 years. With effective recycling, it can last longer. The contract also means that NAVFAC will not need to build additional landfill facilities of its own, and can begin the process of closing their old unlined landfills, a big win for Guam’s environment.”

About the Layon Landfill
On September 1, 2011, at an on-site hearing of the District Court of Guam, the gates of the Layon Landfill were officially opened. The Layon Landfill is a high-tech, environmentally sound and highly controlled landfill for non-hazardous municipal solid waste.  It was built with an engineered liner and a leachate collection and removal system that protect human health and the environment. With a capacity in excess of 15.8 million cubic yards, the Layon Landfill will service the island of Guam for more than 30 years. The Layon Landfill is owned by the Guam Solid Waste Authority and operated by Herzog Environmental, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Herzog Contracting Corporation.

About Gershman, Brickner & Bratton, Inc., Receiver
In a Court Order dated March 17, 2008, U.S. District Court Judge Frances M. Tydingco-Gatewood appointed GBB to be Receiver with full responsibility for bringing the Guam Solid Waste Management Division into compliance with the 2004 Consent Decree for violation of the Clean Water Act. As Receiver, GBB’s objective is to work with Guam’s government, the Guam Solid Waste Authority, solid waste companies, the people of Guam, and the U.S. military to establish a long-term, financially viable and sustainable waste management system for Guam. For more information on the receivership, visit www.guamsolidwastereceiver.org.

GBB is a national solid waste management consulting firm, headquartered in the Washington, D.C. area, that works on solid waste collection, processing, recycling and disposal issues, and assists in planning, procuring, and implementing sound, cost-effective facilities and services at the local, state, and national levels for both the public and private sectors. Since 1980, GBB has planned and developed a wide range of integrated waste management programs that use the latest technologies to improve efficiency, save money, enhance customer service, and protect the environment. For more information on the firm and its products and services, please visit www.gbbinc.com or call 1-703-573-5800.

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