EPA seeks appointment of receiver to implement CUC projects


Disappointed with the Commonwealth Utilities Corp.’s alleged continued violation of court orders and deadlines and the CNMI government continuing to ignore funding CUC, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency asked the federal court today, Thursday, to appoint a receiver and find CUC in breach of a stipulated court order and in contempt.

EPA or the U.S. government, however, is not seeking at this time for the court to appoint a receiver for CUC generally, but to implement stipulated order No. 2.

Stipulated order No. 2 focuses on oil issues such as repairing and replacing infrastructure, managing tanks and pipelines, and spill prevention and response.

The federal court signed stipulated orders for CUC in 2009, setting the requirements and deadlines for the utilities agency to meet. The orders represent an agreement between the CNMI and the EPA on how CUC will come into compliance with the requirements of the Clean Air Act and the Safe Drinking Water Act.

More details to follow.

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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