Gov. Ralph DLG Torres on Thursday signed into law a Senate bill to establish a solid waste transfer station in the southern part of Saipan and in Kagman.
Public Law 19-52, formerly Senate bill 19-11 and authored Sen. Arnold Palacios (R-Saipan), tasks the secretary of the Department of Public Works to conduct a feasibility study—that includes but is not limited to identifying a site in Kagman and the southern part of Saipan—design and construction plan, and the estimated cost of solid waste transfer station in the southern part of Saipan and Kagman.
The law says that upon the identification and selection of suitable station sites, the secretary of the Department of Public Lands will convey the required public lands to the Public Works.
It gives the DPW 180 days after enactment of the law to complete the feasibility study, and says the identification, selection, and conveyance of public lands for the transfer stations will be executed within 60 days after completion of the study.
The bill notes that illegal dumping of solid waste is a prevalent problem in Kagman and in the southern part of Saipan and that the Lower Base transfer station does not provide convenience to residents living in the southern part of Saipan like Koblerville, Dandan, San Vicente, and San Antonio and those who live in the Kagman area.