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Pacific Southwest, Region 9

Serving: Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada, Pacific Islands, Tribal Nations

Land Revitalization in the Outer Pacific Islands

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Scrap Metal Yard Remediation
Tafuna Village, Tutuila,
American Samoa

Removal

Background

For several decades, the seven acre Tafuna Scrap Metal Yard (TSMY) has served as a central depository for scrap metal waste on the island of Tutuila in American Samoa. Other waste commodities, such as tires, machinery, batteries, and ammonia cylinders have also accumulated, posing a significant threat to human health and the environment. Managed by the American Samoa Power Authority (ASPA), the scrap metal yard accepts metal waste from the Territory agencies, local businesses, and the general public. The TSMY property is located within the boundary of the Pago Pago International Airport and has been leased to the Department of Port Administration (DPA) from the American Samoan Government.

Summary

digging at Tafuna site

Cleanup crews remove scrap metal from yard

In 2006, EPA conducted an assessment of the property to determine how to approach the removal of on-site waste materials. After results from EPA's assessments were reviewed, in 2007 ASPA entered into a contract with Good Year Corporation Ltd to begin to remove and recycle all waste collected on the property. To date, 6,000 to 8,000 tons of scrap metal have been removed. By July 2009 over 48,800 tons of recycled materials are expected to be containerized and shipped off American Samoa.

Reuse Facts

  • Seven acres of land will be put into reuse.
  • Site to be used as part of a $20 million DPA Airport Division plan for improvements to Pago Pago Airport to meet the island's transportation, infrastructure, tourism, and economic needs.
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