22 Jun 2009

American Samoa seeks help to deal with waste oil

2:31 pm on 22 June 2009

The American Samoa Environmental Protection Agency is asking for ideas from its US counterpart on what to do with waste oil collected from vehicle oil changes for individuals and businesses after the Samoa Packing cannery closes.

The EPA and the American Samoa Power Authority have had great success in getting car owners and businesses to deposit their waste oil, which is then turned over to Samoa Packing to run its boiler generators.

The EPA Director Fanuatele Dr. Toafa Vaiagae says they collect thousands of litres of waste oil each week.

Fanuatele says in the past, the waste oil was shipped off island however that is an undesirable option now, because shipping costs are so high.

He says they are requesting the assistance of the EPA to come up with a solution.