American Samoa cannery seeks help with EPA permit

Workers at Starkist cannery. Picture: supplied via RNZ Pacific

PAGOPAGO, 16 AUGUST 2018 (WIRES) – The owner of American Samoa’s StarKist cannery wants the territory’s help to sway the federal government.

The US-based company is applying for a permit from the Environmental Protection Agency concerning discharge into the ocean from its Pago Pago cannery.

A territorial official says StarKist’s expansion plans in American Samoa are predicated on the permit’s approval.

The cannery is one of the territory’s largest employers and is a main source of revenue for the American Samoan economy.

The territory’s governor has urged the EPA to rule in favour of the company’s plans.

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