US govt seeks approval for three CUC projects


The U.S. government has asked the U.S. District Court for the NMI to approve three Commonwealth Utilities Corp. projects with a total budget of $5.05 million.

The work for each project is to be completed primarily by Gilbane Federal as CUC’s engineering and environmental management company.

Bradley R. O’Brien, senior attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice Environmental Enforcement Section, said the first amendment increases the funding ceiling for some CUC projects.

O’Brien said the year 2017 funding ceiling will increase by $258,000, with $204,000 to be borne by grant funding and $54,000 expected to be borne by the court registry.

He said the new funding ceiling is $796,272, which includes fiscal years 2015 and 2016 expenditures.

Another project relates to Tank 103 repair and secondary containment repair at CUC’s Power Plants 1 and 2 in Lower Base.

O’Brien said the budget for this is $4.,019 million and is expected to be funded by grant funding. The work includes tank coating repairs, as well as repairs to the secondary containment area walls around Tank 103 and Tank 102.

O’Brien said Tank 103 cleaning and inspection has already been completed under prior funding. Tank 103, an aboveground tank, stores diesel for electric power production at CUC Power Plants 1 and 2. Tank 102 is a 500,000-gallon diesel fuel tank that replaced Tank 010, which has been found to be a source of pollution and is non-repairable.

Pertaining to task order 10, it relates to waste management at Power Plants 1 and 2 and CUC’s Rota Power Plant.

O’Brien said the project includes evaluating waste management systems for the three power plants, creating waste management plans, and the engineering and installation of physical improvements to these waste management systems.

He said the budget for the project is $777,000, and is expected to be funded by grant funding.

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

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