Amata Welcomes Federal EPA Funds to ASPA
Washington, D.C. – Wednesday, Congresswoman Aumua Amata welcomed notification of $121,883 from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Region 9, for the American Samoa Power Authority (ASPA).
This EPA project is under the Diesel Emissions Reduction Act of 2010, followed by current appropriations passed by this Congress for fiscal year 2020.
Congresswoman Amata and ASPA Acting Executive Director Wallon Young
“Congratulations to Chairman Fonoti Perelini and Acting Executive Director Wallon Young,” said Aumua Amata. “Thank you to Elena Vaouli and Brian Thompson for their work on this project, along with everyone at ASPA.”
These EPA funds are through the State Clean Diesel Grant Program. ASPA provides services as a public utility under a five-member Board of Directors and Acting Executive Director Wallon Young.
Congresswoman Amata with the ASPA team (recent file photo)
EPA is providing assistance to ASPA efforts to reduce diesel emissions and exposure throughout the Territory. ASPA will replace diesel trucks with electric vehicles and purchase EV charging station infrastructure, and EV chargers. These actions are to reduce emissions of diesel particulate matter and other pollutants such as nitrogen oxides, carbon monoxide and hydrocarbons.