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All living things of the Earth are one. A supplement to the Pacific Daily News, Friday, April 20, 2012

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Former Naval Gym area studied for possible reuse TIYAN - Guam EPA’s Green Parcel Program recently hired EA Engineering, Science, and Technology, Inc. (EA) to help study and assess potential sites for reuse. Recently EA completed a Phase I Environmental Site Assessment of the Former Naval Gym Site. The old Gym is located on the former Naval Air Station (NAS) Agana. The site is about 43 acres and is currently underdeveloped. SITE HISTORY NAS Agana was closed in 1995 and transferred to the Government of Guam in 2000. In September 2000, a 43 acre parcel south of the airport was deeded to the Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR). The parcel contains three areas that will be studied including: 1. A former naval gymnasium 2. A former office and Quonset area 3. A former go-cart track, maintained by the Navy in the 1960’s Typhoon Pongsona damaged the former naval gymnasium, office and Quonset areas. Other facilities currently located on this property are two baseball fields, a paint ball facility, and

tennis courts. ASSESSING THE PROPERTY The initial assessment (Phase I) of the parcel was completed in 2011, which focused on the former gym, go-cart, office, and Quonset areas. Petroleum and some metals of concern are anticipated at the former-go cart track. Pesticides were recognized as an area of concern for the office and Quonset areas. Potential issues observed at the gym included: trans-

former oil leakage, pesticides, abandoned vehicles, tires and debris piles. The initial Phase II evaluation of the parcel is focused on the former naval gym. The investigation requires collecting and testing soil for pesticides, petroleum, and compounds found in transformer oil. Some key elements of concern are constituents that contain long-lasting chlorine compounds. Asbestos and lead are also currently being evaluated due to the age of the gym. Plans to conduct a Phase II assessment for the former go-cart track, office, and Quonset areas are currently underway.

SOIL SAMPLES - Several areas, including a site in the old NAS, were used and then fell into disrepair. These sites are now being assessed for their possible reuse.

Program: Completed sites ready for use Continued from Pg. 1 The program aims to support local private, non-profit, and government landowners to clean up areas for parks, development and other uses. As part of the Program, Guam EPA inventories potential Green Parcel sites; supports environmental assessments, creates clean up plans, performs cleanup actions; and maintains of public records. Most properties that are considered Green Parcels are abandoned or publicly owned. Typically they have a small amount of contamination. For example, some sites simply have leftover typhoon waste or tire piles. These small amounts of environmental degradation can cause the parcel to be under-used. Many times, these sites are seen as more of a liability from the standpoint of a purchaser or someone interested in developing the property. The real or perceived contamination at a site can not

be the result of the current property owner’s actions. MAKING SITES NEW The Green Parcel Program aims to remove that stigma. This program began in 2002 when President George W. Bush signed into law the Small Business Liability Relief and Brownfields Revitaliza-

tion Act. Under the Brownfields Law, U.S. EPA provides financial assistance to through four competitive grant programs: 1) assessment grants, 2) revolving loan fund grants, 3) cleanup grants, and 4) job training grants.

Completed Sites

Guam International Airport Authority 1) Former Aircraft Graveyard (POI-3) .1 acre Status - Completed. Phase 1 done in 2008. Phase 2 done in Oct. 2010. 2) Former GSE Maintenance Facility (POI-6).22 acre Status - Completed. Phase 1 done in 2008. Phase 2 done in Oct. 2010. 3) VQ-5 Interceptor Drainage (POI-18) .13 acre Status - Completed. Phase 1 done in 2008. Phase 2 done in Oct. 2010. Father Duenas High School 1) Monitoring Well 10 acres Status - Completed. Phase 1 done in April 2008. Phase 2 done in April 2008. Harmon Loop Road 1) Former Typhoon Transition Site 10 acres Status - Completed. Phase 1 done in May 2008. Phase 2 done in July 2010.

One Land. One Island  

Guam EPA is publishing inserts in the Pacific Daily News to increase awareness of programs available to the public. This first insert featu...

One Land. One Island  

Guam EPA is publishing inserts in the Pacific Daily News to increase awareness of programs available to the public. This first insert featu...

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