April 30, 2012

By Embassy of the United States of America Kolonia
The Kaselehlie Press

The U.S. Embassy, U.S. Coast Guard, the Department of State's Office of Oceans, Environment, and Science, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency have worked together with the FSM Department of Foreign Affairs, FSM Office of Emergency and Environmental Management, and Yap State Environmental Protection Agency to complete the process of removing a number of batteries and equipment containing hazardous materials from the USCG Long Range Aids to Navigation (LORAN) station in Yap. The LORAN station closed in 1986.

The materials were properly handled and documented in order to comply with international, FSM, and U.S. laws regarding the proper transport of hazardous materials on open-ocean and across international boundaries.

On April 18, the materials from the LORAN station were placed in shipping containers and shipped from Yap.