3 May 2012

US watchful over CNMI's Japanese debris plan

5:08 pm on 3 May 2012

The US Environmental Protection Agency is keeping an eye on a plan to ship pre-treated tsunami debris from Japan to the Northern Marianas island of Pagan for disposal and recycling.

A Japanese firm is looking at leasing land on Pagan to dispose of tons of debris from last year's tsunami.

Jared Blumenfeld of the EPA says all those dealing with solid waste in the CNMI as well as everywhere else in the US must comply with federal law.

He says the laws regulates the management of non-hazardous solid waste, which includes disposal landfills and some other means.

Our correspondent in the CNMI the Japanese investor group also plans to mine at least 10 million metric tons of pozzolan on Pagan for 10 to 15 years.