Funding to clean polluted islands announced

Funding to clean up contaminated land on islands controlled by or linked to the United States was announced yesterday (27 July).

The United States' Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has earmarked more than $1.3m to clean underground petrol leaks in Hawaii.

The money is part of $197m allocated under the US Recovery Act to tackle 'shovel-ready' sites nationwide contaminated by petrol from leaking underground storage tanks.

Cash has also been set aside for similar work for the Mariana Islands, officially a commonwealth politically aligned to the USA.

America will give $57,000 to the Northern Mariana Islands, located about three quarters of the way from Hawaii to the Philippines.

And a further $138,000 to nearby Guam, officially one of America's five over sea territories, which forms the Mariana Islands along with the Northern Mariana Islands.

The EPA's administrator, Lisa P. Jackson, said: "We're providing immediate growth opportunities for communities across the nation, as well as long-term protection from dangerous pollution in the land and water.

"We're putting people to work by serving our core mission of protecting human health and the environment."

Luke Walsh


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