EPA: CUC’s delays in some projects due to administration, procurement


The Commonwealth Utilities Corp. has experienced some delays in initiating some projects due to project planning, administration, and procurement issues, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

EPA environmental engineer F. Russell Mechem II also disclosed that CUC, EPA, and other parties have been holding fruitful discussions to further define upcoming CUC projects.

Mechem said that CUC continued work on several projects using CUC’s technical manager for Oil and the TMO fund.

Mechem said CUC reports that it is moving ahead with contracts but has experienced some delays in performing some projects.

He said the parties will have a discussion as part of a status conference to be held in federal court that will address the need to accelerate project start-up and implementation schedules.

Mechem said discussion will also explore opportunities for CUC to perform limited environmental response or “clean-up” actions.

The EPA has designated Mechem since November 2015 as technical representative and project coordinator for stipulated order number 2. SO2 requires a list of projects to be completed relating to oil spill prevention, preparedness, and response.

Mechem’s declaration was attached to the U.S. government’s January 2018 status report on CUC projects submitted by the U.S. Department of Justice to the U.S. District Court for the NMI.

Although fruitful discussions have been ongoing, Mechem said the parties will take advantage of in person meetings as part of the status conference to further define SO2 projects.

Ferdie De La Torre | Reporter
Ferdie Ponce de la Torre is a senior reporter of Saipan Tribune. He has a bachelor’s degree in journalism and has covered all news beats in the CNMI. He is a recipient of the CNMI Supreme Court Justice Award. Contact him at ferdie_delatorre@Saipantribune.com

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