25.0101 Definitions.

The following definitions shall apply in this title:

(1) “Attorney General” means the Attorney General of American Samoa or his authorized representative.

(2) “Bay area” means the area between the Pacific Ocean and the crest of visible hills between Blunt’s Point and Breaker’s Point, including the waters enclosed by adjacent shorelines and lines connecting Breaker’s Point and Blunt’s Point.

(3) “Solid waste agency” means the government agency designated by the Governor or by other law as responsible for the management of solid waste issues in the Territory of American Samoa, including the pickup, transportation and disposal of solid wastes.

(4) “Collection areas” means areas specified by the solid waste official with the approval of the Director of ASEPA for the placement of accumulated solid waste in solid waste containers or collection bins.

(5) “Collection bins” means receptacles specified by the solid waste official, with the approval of the Director of ASEPA, for the storage of solid waste and for the use of all persons in the area served.

(6) “Director” means the Director of Health or his authorized representative.

(7) “Director of Public Works” means the Director of Public Works or his authorized representative.

(8) “Disposal sites” means an area designated by the solid waste official with the approval of the ASEPA for the disposal of solid waste and/or industrial waste and/or other refuse.

(9) “Drink” means all beverages used for consumption by man or animals.

(10) “Employee or person employed” means any owners, operator, manager, or other person performing any regulated function whether for compensation or otherwise.

(11) “Food” means all articles of food or drink for human consumption and articles used as components of any such article.

(12) “Food establishment” means any establishment or place which is used or occupied as a bakery, confectionery, cannery, dairy, creamery, packing house, slaughtering place, meat or poultry market, fish market, fruit or vegetable market, delicatessen, beverage plant, poultry processing plant, bottling plant, food refrigeration locker plant, ice plant, ice cream or frozen dessert plant, public market, food warehouse, or for the production, processing, manufacture, preparation for sale, canning, bottling, packing, packaging, storage, sale or distribution of any food.

(13) “Food handler” means any person who, in the storage, manufacture, preparation, handling, sale, dispensing or service of food or drink, handles food or drink in such a manner that some portion of his clothing or body might come in contact with such food or drink, or with utensils used in connection therewith.

(14) “Governor” means the Governor of American Samoa or his authorized representative.

(15) “Industrial waste” means any refuse substance generated or caused by industries such as the canneries.

(16) “Other authorized person” means any employee or class of employees of the Department of Public Safety, solid waste agency, ASEPA or Department of Medical Services so designated by their respective Directors.

(17) “Other refuse” means all waste substances, including those wastes referred to in 22.1401 et seq., pertaining to junked vehicles, but excluding:

(A) waste substances defined as solid waste or industrial waste;

(B) organic agricultural matter outside the bay area.

(18) “Person”, except where the context indicates that only a natural person is intended includes any individual, firm, corporation, partnership, joint venture, association, trust or other group or combination acting as a unit.

(19) “Public health nuisance” means anything which endangers life or health or contaminates the environment in any way.

(20) “Restaurant” means any restaurant, coffee shop, cafeteria, lunchroom, luncheonette, lunchstand, lunch counter, soda fountain, bar, cafe, tavern, caterer’s premises, school lunch facility, or other eating or drinking establishment or place in which food or drink is prepared for sale elsewhere or as a part of a service of a hotel, hospital, or other institution caring for people.

(21) “Roads” means all-weather public or private roads on which vehicles utilized for collection of solid waste can maneuver with facility in forward and reverse direction and which are not obstructed by gates or fences. Determination of what constitutes a “road” shall be made by the Department of Public Works with reference to the aforementioned criteria.

(22) “Sanitarian” means a professional practitioner of hygiene employed by the Department of Medical Services, whose education and experience in the biological and sanitary sciences qualify him to engage in the promotion and protection of public health.

(23) “Sanitize” means to render an article free from pathogenic organisms.

(24) “Sewage disposal installation” means any overwater latrine, pit latrine, toilet, water flush commode, cesspool, drainage pit, septic tank and drain field, trench drain or other system for the conducting or disposal of human body waste, etc., sink slop or any other liquid waste or contaminated water generally known as sewage.

(25) “Solid waste” means any waste or refuse that can be contained in solid waste containers or collection bins including trash, junk debris broken or rejected matter, garbage offal, swill, leaving of foods, abandoned, spoiled, condemned or decayed meat, and fish, animal and vegetable matter, including offal from the slaughtering of animals. but excluding:

(A) liquid wastes;

(B) industrial wastes:

(C) other refuse:

(D) organic agricultural wastes in villages outside the bay area.

(26) “Treasurer” means the Treasurer of American Samoa or his authorized representative.

(27) “Village” means any political or geographic unit commonly known as a village at the time of the passage of this law.

(28) “Waste containers” means receptacles specified by the solid waste official, with the approval of the Director of ASEPA, for the storage of solid wastes, to be utilized by the person(s) generating the waste and to be placed at collection areas during times specified for collection by the collection agency.

(30) “Solid waste official” means the official appointed by the Governor to oversee solid waste collection and disposal issues in American Samoa. That official is responsible for the collection and disposal of solid waste, including the administration of contractual services associated with solid waste collection and the operation and maintenance of existing solid waste collection and disposal systems within the Territory.

(31) “ASEPA” means the American Samoa Environmental Protection Agency.

History: 1972, PL 12-44 § 1; amd 1979, PL 16-53 § 75; 2001, PL 27-8.

Amendments:1979 Subsection (3): deleted; renumbered remaining subsections.