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CUC completes 3 of 68 Stipulated Order 1 requirements

THE Commonwealth Utilities Corp. has completed three of the 68 requirements imposed by  Stipulated Order 1 which the U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Environment Protection Agency lodged with the federal court in Nov. 2008.

CUC Executive Director Gary Camacho said on Oct. 5, the EPA approved CUC’s submission for paragraph 19 of Stipulated Order 1 pertaining to the certification of operators in direct charge.

CUC mist ensure that direct responsible charge or DRC operator positions are staffed by operators who have obtained certification.

Gary Camacho

CUC must have at least two DRCs for wastewater treatment; two DRCs for wastewater collection; and at least three DTCs for drinking water treatment and distribution for Saipan, Rota and Tinian.

Camacho said they submitted additional information regarding Rota and Tinian  to the EPA regarding the requirements of paragraph 19.

He said their submission presented the details of staffing levels and certification for operators in DRC for wastewater treatment, wastewater collection, drinking water treatment and the distribution system for Saipan, Rota and Tinian.

The EPA, he added, concluded that CUC met the requirement for staffing levels of operators who have obtained proper certification levels.

“This is an excellent achievement of our staff who are working hard to complete the SO1 requirements,” Camacho said.

The EPA also approved CUC’s submission for paragraphs 29 and  30 of SO1, he added.

Paragraph 29 has to with chlorine disinfection and it requires CUC to ensure that chlorination/disinfection of the drinking water system is occurring continuously and is operating reliably, and that chlorine residual is maintained at all locations throughout the distribution system.

 Paragraph 30 requires CUC to submit a description of its chlorination/disinfection program to ensure long-term operation of the disinfection systems.

On Dec. 19, 2013, Camacho said the EPA conditionally approved its submission of the chlorine disinfection program.

 But CUC was also required to complete a chlorine bulk storage facility, and to fill all the positions in the operational units charged with maintenance and operation of the chlorination systems with qualified individuals.

On Aug. 5, 2018, CUC inaugurated the $1.051-million chlorine-storage facility in Lower Base, Camacho said.

“CUC is committed to continue and to focus on the requirement set forth by the EPA,” he said, as he expressed appreciation to the federal agency for guiding CUC in completing the requirements.

Camacho said they have made 12 more submissions which the EPA is now reviewing.

Stipulated Order 1 requires CUC to comply with its water-discharge permits for the Agingan and Sadog Tasi wastewater plants and to implement changes to prevent sewer overflows. CUC must achieve compliance in its drinking-water systems, which presented a health risk to the public.

Stipulated Order 2 requires CUC to prevent oil spills at its power plants and pipelines, to comply with oil-spill regulations, prepare to respond to oil spills, and provide appropriate cleanup for past and future oil spills.