Guam Shipyard ordered to comply with Clean Water Act

SHIPYARD: The Guam Shipyard facility is shown fixing damage to cruise liner Nippon Maru in January 2019. Photo courtesy of Guam Shipyard

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has ordered Guam Shipyard to obtain a stormwater discharge permit and comply with the Clean Water Act after finding that the facility had been discharging pollutants in stormwater and wastewater associated with industrial activity. 

Guam Shipyard operates a ship repair facility at Cabras. 

The company has been engaged in boat repair, sandblasting, high-pressure washing, painting and material storage since at least January 2016, according to the agency. 

The facility was inspected back in September 2018, which revealed multiple violations of the Clean Water Act, according to a USEPA news release. 

"Inspectors also observed the facility failed to control blasting grit, paint particles and debris, which discharged directly into Apra Harbor; failed to have adequate secondary containment for oils; did not have spill response equipment available; and had a large accumulation of waste materials throughout the site," the release stated.

In addition to requiring the company to obtain permit authorization, USEPA stated Guam Shipyard must develop a stormwater pollution prevention plan to control pollutants, install adequate controls to contain sandblast and abrasive blast materials, capture non-stormwater discharges to prevent entry into Apra Harbor and ensure spill response equipment is available on site. 

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