Guam AG Reached Settlement with Solar Developers for Environmental and Cultural Damages

Guam Attorney General Leevin Camacho announced a settlement with companies whose construction of a solar farm destroyed natural and cultural resources. According to the AG’s August 2021 complaint, the companies failed to implement erosion control measures before beginning construction, causing sediment to flow into a nearby coastal cave, adjoining freshwater pools, the ocean, and surrounding properties. Under the settlement, the companies will pay a total of $950,000, which will be split among the Guam Environmental Protection Agency, groups working to preserve Guam’s natural resources through conservation and educational initiatives, and communities most affected by the damage. The settlement also required the companies to restore the site to its prior condition.