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Senators push for tsunami debris plan

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 10:30 a.m. HST, Mar 30, 2012


SEATTLE >> With a derelict Japanese fishing boat floating off the coast of Canada, U.S. senators from Alaska and Washington state say the United States needs to hurry up and get ready for more debris from last year's Japanese tsunami.

U.S. Sens. Maria Cantwell and Mark Begich spoke at the Seattle Acquarium on Friday about concerns the U.S. hasn't committed enough money and effort toward researching the impact of the debris field floating across the Pacific Ocean.

They also worry about a proposed 25 percent cut in the money given to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration for shoreline cleanup. This cut would impact efforts to keep beaches clean all along the Pacific coast.

Recently, glass and plastic floats from Japan have been found on some west coast beaches.

NOAA is asking beachcombers to report unusual finds to marinedebris@noaa.gov.

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Naloboy wrote:
Senators from Alaska and Washington are leading this charge.....where are the two Dan's. Oh yes....Shhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh. They're taking a little nap.
on March 30,2012 | 10:36AM
kekelaward wrote:
Dan I is trying to lay low after the CPB news.
on March 30,2012 | 02:21PM
Graham wrote:
We can hold "KOKUA HAWAII" fund raisers.
on March 30,2012 | 01:52PM
Naloboy wrote:
on March 30,2012 | 03:24PM
Waterman2 wrote:
"Recently Glass and plastic floats have been found on some west coast beaches". I knew it, that loves we've been being polluted by Japan for decades!
on March 30,2012 | 07:36PM
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