11 Jan 2010

Clean up of dangerous waste in American Samoa costing millions

6:25 am on 11 January 2010

The Environmental Protection Agency of American Samoa's cleaning up of hazardous waste materials is costing millions of dollars.

The U.S. protection agency has arrived in the territory to help the local officials dispose of hazardous materials, such as lead acid batteries, paints, and oil drums, collected since the 2009 tsunami and local household waste collections.

Land and Programme manager ,Will Sili, says they need to protect the environment and local people's health by disposing of materials properly and some will have to be shipped off shore

"Costs are significantly high and that's why we asked for assistance from US EPA. We were fortunate they were able to send down this team of experts from their emergency response section."