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Guam May Launch Lawsuit Against Pentagon For US Navy Dump On Island

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In the near future, the territory of Guam may start a lawsuit against the US authorities. At stake is $ 160 million, which the civilian administration of the island wants to receive for clearing a dump hazardous to human health, the appearance of which is associated with the long-term presence of American sailors in Guam.


The island of Guam is the southernmost part of the Mariana Islands and has the status of an unincorporated organized territory of the United States, that is, not part of the American state, but under its control.

Guam is currently the largest strategic base for the US Air Force and Navy in the Western Pacific. Located on the island, Andersen Air Force Base and Apra Harbor Naval Base together occupy a third of the area of ​​Guam. Given the seventy year history operation of military bases, one can imagine how much waste has accumulated in the landfill.

Back in the 1940s, the US Navy set up the Ordot landfill on the island of Guam, where toxic military waste was buried. In 1950, control of the landfill was transferred to Guam. At present, the landfill territory is part of the Chalan-Pago-Ordot municipality, whose population is about 7 thousand people.

The island's civilian administration has operated the landfill for decades with little regard for environmental protection. This ultimately caused discontent on the part of the American administration.

In 2002, the US filed a lawsuit against the Guam administration because the landfill was polluting the environment. In 2004, Guam agreed to close the landfill and take measures to prevent pollution of the environment with waste from the landfill. On December 14, 2007, the Chief Justice of the Guam District Court issued a court order demanding the immediate closure of the Ordot landfill as it posed a serious threat to the health of the population of nearby villages.

However, in 2017, the position of the island's authorities changed. Guam has filed a lawsuit against the United States, arguing that it is the American authorities who must compensate the island for the costs it incurred to clean up the landfill, amounting to more than $ 160 million. The first instance court granted Guam's claim, but the appeal court dismissed it.

Guam is convinced that it is the American authorities, or rather the military department, that must compensate for the significant funds that the island spent on cleaning up the landfill. Moreover, the waste from the US naval base was stored at the landfill, which poses a certain danger to human health.

It is worth noting that the problem of waste storage in Guam is quite acute, especially if we remember that the United States intends to expand its military presence in the western part of the Pacific Ocean. In the concept of strategic confrontation with China, Guam is assigned a particularly significant role, and this implies not only the preservation of American military facilities on the island, but also their possible expansion.
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  1. prior
    prior 25 May 2021 10: 02
    -1
    Guam on Guam is original.
    But is it the tsar's business for Americans to poke around in "guam" ?! bully
    Could Guam "guam" to the Chinese for dollars for recycling ...
    1. Finches
      Finches 25 May 2021 10: 17
      +4
      Yes, they will bomb this Guam under the pretext of having chemical-nuclear weapons, along with a landfill and a business! The world community will not even notice this, at most it will blame Russia for the escalation of the situation in this region! laughing
      1. prior
        prior 25 May 2021 10: 20
        +2
        Right. And let them bomb. Guam is theirs ... laughing
        1. Finches
          Finches 25 May 2021 10: 21
          +2
          But Guam is not a pity to introduce more sanctions and blame Russia for everything! laughing
        2. knn54
          knn54 25 May 2021 11: 16
          +1
          -not part of the American state, but under its control.
          "Tolerant" name of the colony.
          And the fact that the Yankees are "global" assholes ... has been known for a long time.
          I understand that you can forget about the gorgeous (half a century ago) beaches.
          1. Sergej1972
            Sergej1972 25 May 2021 13: 31
            +2
            Alaska had a similar status. She, too, was never part of the territory of the Russian Empire, but was under its control. Not quite the same, but a close situation was in the late 19th and early 20th centuries with the Bukhara Emirate and the Khiva Khanate, which were vassal states to the Republic of Ingushetia.
      2. isv000
        isv000 25 May 2021 22: 16
        0
        Leave Guam to Kim - he has long promised to cover the FSA base there. In general, it's sad - striped gopniks captured the island, they don't take part in the gang, but, in the case of a nix, the islanders at any 3,14 are here ... sad
      3. isv000
        isv000 28 May 2021 16: 36
        0
        Did Kim look closely at Guam? Aiming ... wassat
  2. tralflot1832
    tralflot1832 25 May 2021 10: 07
    +3
    What do they allow themselves, democratic trash smells like raspberries. We plugged our nose, clap our hands and smile. You are under the protection of the United States, everything else is secondary!
  3. tihonmarine
    tihonmarine 25 May 2021 10: 11
    +3
    Guam is currently the largest strategic base for the US Air Force and Navy in the Western Pacific.
    Where the Americans don't get in, they shit everywhere, but they don't create anything.
    1. Piramidon
      Piramidon 25 May 2021 11: 09
      +1
      Quote: tihonmarine
      Where the Americans don't get in, they shit everywhere, but they don't create anything.

  4. YOU
    YOU 25 May 2021 10: 15
    +1
    Well, the "greens" rubbed us in that our military dirtied the entire north. This is how we clean up, and their garbage brings another portion of "democracy" into the world. You cannot touch him.
  5. Mouse
    Mouse 25 May 2021 10: 19
    +4
    The United States intends to expand its military presence in the Western Pacific.

    from which we can conclude that the landfill will only grow ... and there will begin a lawsuit against the Pentagon or whatever ... the case is not even secondary ... tertiary ...
  6. Sands Careers General
    Sands Careers General 25 May 2021 10: 22
    +2
    And the Yankees have fouled many islands in the Pacific Ocean with their nuclear tests. We must, we must write them an incredible fine)))
  7. rotmistr60
    rotmistr60 25 May 2021 10: 26
    +3
    lawsuit against the Pentagon ... The first instance court granted Guam's claim, but the appellate court dismissed it.
    The dump is certainly bad (where is the voice of the "green"?), But suing the United States, and even more so the Pentagon, is like pissing against the wind. I even assume the unofficial answer of the Americans: "Say thank you for falling asleep with garbage, not bombs!"
    1. Sergej1972
      Sergej1972 25 May 2021 13: 34
      +2
      So the inhabitants of Guam are also considered Americans, they have American passports. At the same time, Guam is under US control, but is not part of their territory. Therefore, the residents of Guam do not participate in the elections of the President and the Senate of the United States, and one representative with an advisory vote is sent to the House of Representatives.
  8. Decimalegio
    Decimalegio 25 May 2021 14: 08
    +1
    I understand that some people need to write compulsively. But what is this news ???? Every settlement produces garbage, and everyone with a landfill would like it to be located elsewhere. Balashikha, Volokolamsk, Shies are somewhat reminiscent of ?????
  9. Gunther
    Gunther 25 May 2021 14: 40
    -2
    that's it...
    now it is clear why UFOs hover over the mattresses like flies - the reptilians apparently have their own Greta Tuborg))))