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State sets aside $100K to remove suspected tsunami debris

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 11:22 a.m. HST, Oct 12, 2012

A large metal object that could be a pontoon for a floating dock has washed ashore near Naalehu on Hawaii island. The barnacle-encrusted structure was discovered last week by hikers. State and federal officials have yet to determine whether it is debris from the March 2011 tsunami that hit Japan.

HILO » The state is setting aside $100,000 to remove a large metal container that washed ashore on a remote Hawaii island beach.

The 10-to-15 foot tall yellow container doesn't have any markings, and officials don't know whether it's debris pulled out to sea by a tsunami that hit Japan last year.

The state isn't yet sure how much it will cost to haul the container away from the rocky shoreline near Naalehu.

State Department of Land and Natural Resources Director William Aila told the Hawaii Tribune-Herald the agency doesn't have a fund set aside for removing tsunami debris.

The $100,000 comes from a special land development fund.

Aila plans to ask the Legislature for debris removal money when lawmakers start a new session in January.

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false wrote:
I bet they could cut it up for a lot less. Typical gov't waste.
on October 12,2012 | 11:12AM
steveoctober wrote:
Waste of money - leave it there. Money better spent elsewhere. If they have remove it, have a private company do it in exchange for hanging a flag bearing the corporate logo for a few years masted at this site.
on October 12,2012 | 12:45PM
Ambergris23 wrote:
A ridiculous amount, really. Hope there will be bidding for this project, at least. I'll put my bid in, if there is.
on October 12,2012 | 12:51PM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
How come Uncles Dan and Dan and Aunties Mazie and Colleen cannot get a few measly million from the Federal government to help out? I guess same reason they can't get Fed reimbursement for the health services provided by the State for Micronesians, eh? Great job there, guys.
on October 12,2012 | 01:25PM
Hugo wrote:
Chop it up into little pieces and let the contractor keep the scrap. Have HFD lift with air bags.
on October 12,2012 | 06:02PM
ResponsibleCitizen wrote:
100,000 $$$ WTF? Is that the amount to remove all debris that may be found? What a rip if just for this item. Hello people, this is your tax dollars!! Heck I'll do it myself for $99,999.99, but I know I'll never get that, because I have no buddy buddies up in the capital building.. :(
on October 14,2012 | 05:17AM
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