4 Mar 2014

American Samoa gets expert help to remove hazardous materials

3:04 pm on 4 March 2014

Chemicals and other hazardous material from the American Samoa shipyard at Satala are to be shipped off island for disposal.

And a team from the US Environmental Protection Agency arrives today to inspect what is at the shipyard, pack it in containers and ship it off island.

The director of the American Samoa Environmental Protection Agency, Ameko Pato, says the shipyard had asked for assistance in getting rid of paint thinners, fuel and chemicals which have been stored there for years.

After the shipyard clean up the team will visit laboratories at the college, high schools and the LBJ Hospital to identify any other items that need to be disposed of.