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The Environmental Protection Agency for the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) has penalized the company, participating in the construction of a new resort and entertainment complex called Grand Mariana Casino And Hotel Resort on Saipan, for violations.

According to Radio New Zealand, the Environmental Protection Agency for the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) penalized the Imperial Pacific International, which was the associated company of the Best Sunshine International Limited, for repeated violations of building conditions. The company was accused of ignoring numerous waste streams and pollutants, pumping into the Saipan Lagoon. The agency reported that the repeated requests to stop building works from February to April were useless. Developers were accused of illegal pumping waste and potentially harmful compounds into the sea.

In addition, the Bureau of Environmental and Coastal Quality stated that the developers had expanded the area provided for the construction and increased the number of working hours, ignoring the established regulations.

"This is a serious violation of the number of working hours, since the permits clearly regulate the number of hours provided for the building works, - said Fran Castro, Director of the Bureau Of Environmental And Coastal Quality. - Imperial Pacific was warned about these requirements. If the construction continues in the same way, the company will be penalized."

Imperial Pacific International is going to open a resort complex called Grand Mariana Casino And Hotel Resort in December of this year. It will cost $550 million. The property will have a casino, whose area exceeds 180,000 square feet, and 254 hotel rooms.

 

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