On February 17, 2016, the Samoa News published an article entitled, “Student exposes the filthy truth about water vending machines,” reported by Blue Chen-Fruean. The article calls into question the integrity of the American Samoa Environmental Protection Agency’s (AS-EPA) testing methods for drinking water dispensed by commercial vending machines on-island. The unverified conclusions of a high school student’s science fair project have led to the recent labeling of AS-EPA as “negligent” in its handling of water testing for vending machines.
The American Samoa Environmental Protection Agency is a trusted leader and environmental steward using innovation, quality service and public involvement to ensure a safe and healthy environment for all Samoans. AS-EPA's goal is to protect the environment and public health by ensuring compliance with environmental laws and demonstrating leadership in environmental stewardship. We fulfill our goal by developing, implementing and enforcing environmental laws that regulate air, water and soil quality, pesticide use and waste recycling and reduction. Our departments are at the forefront of environmental science, using the most recent research to shape the territory’s environmental laws.