The environmental agency in American Samoa has issued a reminder to wood importers of current local and U.S. regulations that must abide with.
The American Samoa Environmental Protection Agency advisory comes at the time when construction work in the territory increases during the summers months June to August.
Under local and federal regulations, pesticide treated wood imported to the territory must be treated with a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency registered and approved pesticide.
Prior to the importation of treated wood, the local EPA says its important that importer provided information such as pesticide product name and registration, for a complete regulatory review of the treat wood.
The agency says it will not authorized the release of imported wood treated with an unregistered pesticide and/or if the required information is not included on the Certificate of Treatment.