Carter tours CUC facilities


U.S. District Court for the NMI designated judge David O. Carter inspected several Commonwealth Utilities Corp. facilities yesterday.

The judge is handling a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency lawsuit against CUC. The judge recently selected Gilbane Federal, a California-based full service construction company, to expeditiously complete some stalled CUC projects.

Yesterday, Carter inspected water and wastewater facilities as well CUC power plants.

Around 7:30am, CUC executive director Alan Flectcher and other senior management officials met with Carter and his team that included U.S. Department of Justice Environmental Enforcement Section senior attorney Bradley R. O’Brien.

After a meeting, the group drove to Agingan Point to tour the wastewater treatment plant, which is manned by a three-man crew.

Lt. Cdr. Brian Bearden, of the U.S. Public Health Commissioned Corps, explained the “digestive sludge” of the facility and how the wastewater process worked.

Around 9am, Carter and the group visited the San Vicente water tank. He discussed ongoing water tank projects with CUC management.

According to an itinerary of the visit, Carter was also scheduled to go to the Donnie Spring well, the Sadog Tasi wastewater treatment plant and offices, the Puerto Rico water tank construction site, CUC’s power plants 4 and 1, and its chlorine facility.

Dennis B. Chan | Reporter
Dennis Chan covers education, environment, utilities, and air and seaport issues in the CNMI. He graduated with a degree in English Literature from the University of Guam. Contact him at

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