11 Feb 2008

US Pacific territories to meet to discuss contamination responses

3:53 pm on 11 February 2008

Environmental officials from the United States-affiliated Pacific Territories are to meet in Honolulu this week to improve environmental contamination response procedures.

The Pacific Basin Brownfields Response Team meeting will be attended by officials from Guam, American Samoa, Commonwealth of Northern Marianas, Hawaii and the US Environmental Protection Agency.

The EPA said the goal of the meeting is to build stronger programs to prevent and respond to chemical contamination on land and water.

Brownfields are abandoned sites contaminated with hazardous chemicals.

The inaugural meeting is sponsored by the EPA and the Hawaii Department of Health.