Samoa Tuna Processors has received the green light to begin the second phase of infrastructure development that will see the opening of its tuna canning plant in American Samoa.
The government's permitting body, Project Notification Review System Board has given the thumbs up to Samoa Tuna Processor's land use permit.
The approval was made after the board reviewed the permit at a hearing over a week ago.
The cannery had conducted an environmental impact assessment and addressed some of the concerns raised by the board, including erosion, sedimentation, and storm water control and waste treatment at the cannery.
Samoa Tuna Processors official Alfonso Pete Galea'i says the company is eager to re-establish a sustainable cannery operation and bring back the 2,000 jobs that were lost when Chicken of the Sea cannery closed down in 2009.