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Inouye pushes for funds to clean up tsunami debris

By Associated Press

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LAST UPDATED: 12:41 p.m. HST, Nov 01, 2011


Sen. Daniel Inouye is pushing to have Congress appropriate funds to clean up marine debris created by the March earthquake and tsunami in Japan.

Inouye's office said Tuesday the Democrat from Hawaii has inserted language into the Commerce, Justice and Science Appropriations Bill allocating an additional $1 million for marine debris cleanup.

The bill originally included $4 million to clean up trash in the ocean, but it now includes $5 million.

The legislation says extra funding is provided to "track and mitigate the immense debris field generated" by the disaster.

University of Hawaii researchers estimate the trash could arrive on Hawaii's shores by early 2013 and then reach the coasts of Oregon, Washington, Alaska and Canada around 2014.







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1local wrote:
Inouye should be pushing for funding from Japan. That is where the debris originated from. The USA should be paid for its efforts and expenses. If other nations paid the USA for all that it did the USA could be less in debt and take care of more of the needs of the USA citizens...
on November 1,2011 | 01:53PM
Ronin006 wrote:
1local, the ocean debris was caused by a natural disaster which no one could have prevented. We spent billions of dollars to help Haiti recover from its earthquake and have given nothing to Japan because Japan has vowed to take care of itself. So what is wrong with the US spending a measly $5 million to clean up debris heading for Hawaii?
on November 1,2011 | 05:17PM
Ronin006 wrote:
1local, the debris heading for Hawaii was caused by a natural disaster which no one could have prevented, yet your comment suggest that it was Japan's fault. The US spent BILLIONS of dollars to help Haiti recover from its devastating earthquake in January 2009, but there is little to show for this large expenditure of money. Japan, on the other hand, has not asked for nor has it received money from anyone to help recover from the earthquake and tsunami. So what is wrong with the US spending a measly $5 million to prevent debris from reaching Hawaiii?
on November 1,2011 | 05:23PM
ya_think wrote:
Ronin006 for one thing we don't have the money, just like all the other crap we spend money we don't have we have to borrow it. Sorry but if you don't have the money don't spend it.
on November 2,2011 | 06:01AM
bender wrote:
It would be great if most of this money was spent on actual clean up but when I see language that they will use the money "to track....." it makes me nervous that little will be left for actual clean up. I wouldn't think they would need to spend all tht much on tracking, everyone seems to already know where it is.
on November 2,2011 | 05:59AM
KPaddler wrote:
Dear Senator Inouye, Do you not know about the North Pacific gyre? Sincerely, if you gonna ask for more money, be aware of the big picture.
on November 3,2011 | 12:29PM
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