Koror, Palau – On January 5, 2017, the Environmental Quality Protection Board held its first regularly scheduled board meeting of the year to discuss several permits (Commercial and, Government/NGO) as well as a few legal matters.
Approved commercial applications include: Etpison Corporation to construct Phase I of Palau Reef Pemphis Hotel, , McKinley Singeo to construct 3-bedroom barracks at Ngerchelong, Longhui International Investment Corporation to perform a geotechnical survey on the proposed site of Palau Elilai Hotel at Ngerkebesang, NECO Construction Company for the deployment of a floating dock, and Pakheng Corporation to do bore hole testing at the proposed site for Koror International Hotel at Medalaii.
Approved Government/NGO applications included 4 Bureau of Public Work Projects: Phase 1 of the National Prison Facility Relocation Project, Phase VI of the Koksai-Nekken Road Paving Project, Phase IV of the Aimeliik Compact Connecting Road Paving Project, and the Melekeok Road Paving Project. Other approved government projects included the PPUC Koror-Airai Sanitation Project to begin construction on ICB2 (T-Dock to Malakal) and a Ministry of Education Project to construct a concrete paved parking lot.
Applicants are reminded that work should not commence until they have obtained the signed permit with conditions set by the Board.
For legal matters, the Board discussed 3 Notices of Violations (NOVs) and 3 Final Orders. The NOVs included: NOV 17-06, Bureau of Public Works and Esco-Tec Co, for violation of Earthmoving Regulations, Marine and Freshwater Quality Regulations, and Permit Conditions; NOV 176-078, Hunter Hang for violation of Marine and Freshwater Quality Regulations and Toilet Facilities and Wastewater Disposal Systems Requirement Regulations; NOV 17-08, Palau Public Utilities Corporation for violation of the Marine and Freshwater Quality Regulations and Toilet Facilities and Wastewater Disposal Systems Requirement Regulations. The 3 Final Orders included: Order 16-41, Lucia Chokai for violation of Earthmoving Regulations, Marine and Freshwater Quality Regulations, and Air Pollution Control Regulations; Order 16-46, Jing Pin, Inc. for violation of Marine and Freshwater Quality Regulations and Toilet Facilities and Wastewater Disposal Systems Regulations; and Order 176-04, Galaxy Builders.Surangel & Sons Co., for violation of Marine and Freshwater Quality and Solid Waste Regulations.
For more information, Pplease call the EQPB office at 488-1639/3600. [/restrict]