AS-EPA DEPUTIZES NEW OFFICERS FOR ENFORCING ENVIRONMENTAL LAWS IN THE TERRITORY

The American Samoa Environmental Protection Agency (AS-EPA) introduced new officers to its line of enforcement personnel in a ceremony held last week at the agency’s conference room. As the leading agency in enforcing environmental laws in the territory, the AS-EPA continues to recruit officers who are solely responsible for the enforcement of applicable federal regulations and American Samoa’s environmental laws specifically for safeguarding the environment.

American Samoa joins United States settlement with Starkist

On December 22, 2017, the United States lodged an amended complaint with the U.S. District Court in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, adding the Territory as a co-plaintiff. The amended complaint includes the Territory’s claim for violations of the American Samoa Environmental Quality Act and its implementing regulations, based on the same facts underlying the United States’ claim for relief. The amended complaint also alleges three new violations of the federal Clean Water Act by Starkist.

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