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.

AS-EPA Director elected as the next Region 9 Representative on the ASTSWMO Board

AS-EPA Director Mr. Ameko Pato, was recently elected by his peers in the Region 9 States and Territories to be the next Region 9 representative on the Association of State and Territorial Solid Waste Management Officials (ASTSWMO) Board.