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By Mar-Vic Cagurangan

SAIPAN, CNMI (Marianas Variety, Nov. 24) – The next regional environmental conference will be held in American Samoa from June 18 to 22 next year, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Pacific Islands Office.

Regional office manager John McCarroll and conference coordinator Carl L. Goldstein said the federal agency is working on an agenda that will focus on environmental and public health, coral reefs and watershed protection, water resources, wastewater, natural resources, solid waste, hazardous waste, recycling, pollution prevention, and environmental enforcement.

"This year, we expect to have additional participation from the international sector concerning various environmental programs," McCarroll and Goldstein stated in a letter sent to stakeholders of environment.

"As in past conferences, we are expecting participation from islands throughout the Pacific," they added.

The EPA officials said the exact venue of the 26th Pacific Islands Environmental Conference will be announced later.

The conference is expected to be participated in by delegates from Guam, the CNMI, Palau, American Samoa, and other U.S.-affiliated islands.

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