FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – April 24, 2019
Solid Waste Receivership to End
Leon Guerrero-Tenorio Administration Gains Trust of Chief District Court Judge
Hagåtña, Guam – After over a decade of Court-appointed receivership, the Government of Guam will
finally oversee the day-to-day operations of Guam’s solid waste management. The announcement
follows District Court Judge Frances Tydingco-Gatewood’s preliminary order transferring day-today operations to the Government of Guam and the Guam Solid Waste Authority.
“This is a historic day for Guam because the Federal Court has recognized the effort of our
administration to reclaim the responsibilities of our Solid Waste Authority.,” stated Leon
With the Guam Economic Development Authority (GEDA) leading the effort to ensure the financing
plan for the Layon Landfill Cell 3 and Ordot Dump Post Closure Care, Judge Tydingco-Gatewood was
extremely impressed and expressed her satisfaction with the efficiency and effectiveness in
collaborating with local and federal stakeholders to gain a consensus on an acceptable financing
plan for these projects.
“I am really proud of the meticulous and expeditious work by GEDA and members of my
Fiscal Discipline Team. They knew that the financing plan to construct a new landfill, relieve
the federal receiver, and continue monitoring Ordot Dump was going to be critical for our
Administration to demonstrate and they delivered by collaborating with the GSWA Board,
the Attorney General’s Office, Senator Sabina Perez and my legal team,” said Governor Leon
Guerrero. “We look forward to efficiently running the solid waste operations under its new
management and remain dedicated to protecting our environment and the health of our
The transfer of day-to-day operations is effective at 5:00 p.m. on April 30, 2019. A continuation
hearing regarding the transition of the Ordot Dump Post Closure Care has been scheduled for May 8.
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