New oil recovery facility opens in Pohnpei

(Photo from SPREP)

Pohnpei – In an effort to address potential environmental threats regarding used oil in the Federated States of Micronesia, the national government recently opened a recovery facility in Pohnpei.

A survey conducted in 2014 ranked the FSM the highest among 14 Pacific island nations when it comes to the threat of improperly stored used oil. A follow-up survey, according to information from the FSM government, also identified over 2,000 stockpiled drums of used oil in Pohnpei State with an estimated capacity of 132,500 gallons.

(From the FSM government)

The new used oil recovery facility has a bund wall to guard against oil seepage, and houses four tanks with a total capacity of 2,600 gallons, and attachment pumps.

Through the project, the FSM National Government and Pohnpei State Government are hoping to export the used oil to an off-island facility for proper treatment and recycling.

The facility is funded through the Global Environment Facility—Pacific Alliance for Sustainability for Persistent Organic Pollutants (GEFPAS-UPOPs). According to the FSM government,  GEFPAS-UPOP is implemented by the Secretariat for the Pacific Regional Environment Program (SPREP) with support from the FSM Department of Environment, Climate Change, & Emergency Management (DECEM), and constructed by Pohnpei Waste Management Services (PWMS)