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State to get $250K from Japanese tsunami cleanup fund

By Becky Bohrer

Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 11:44 a.m. HST, May 17, 2013

JUNEAU, Alaska » Coastal states affected by debris from the 2011 tsunami in Japan are about to receive an initial $250,000 each from a $5 million gift from Japan for cleanup.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is distributing the money and will allocate the remainder on an as-needed basis. States slated to get funds include Hawaii, Oregon, Washington, Alaska and California.

The pool of funds has taken a hit, with NOAA using $478,000 from it to remove a dock that washed ashore on a remote beach on Washington's Olympic Peninsula.

The state of Alaska is preparing to ask for up to $750,000 in additional funds to help with clean up this summer.

Unlike in other states, many of the beaches targeted for cleanup in Alaska are remote or difficult to access. And there is a narrow window in which to conduct cleanup operations.

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Maneki_Neko wrote:
It will be interesting to see how the State divvies up the kala. I bet we find a way to fritter it away unproductively. Watch and see.
on May 17,2013 | 11:58AM
808comp wrote:
Was thinking about the same thing.
on May 17,2013 | 03:16PM
blkdrgn wrote:
Give the money back. I don't know how our State can accept money from their tradegy. I dont mind our tax money going to this fund instead.
on May 17,2013 | 12:00PM
8082062424 wrote:
it is shameful that our state even want to take the money it was a natural disaster
on May 17,2013 | 12:26PM
Kawipoo wrote:
The state is just another deoccupier you find on the sidewalks. Always has its hand out and throws the money away on frivolity.
on May 17,2013 | 12:45PM
iwanaknow wrote:
a drop in the bucket
on May 17,2013 | 01:49PM
Do_you_know_SHATA wrote:
$249,000 to the State to form a department to assess the damage and to have a round table discussion on where to start cleaning up $100 for signs that says "Caution, keep away for tsunami debr. Clean up in progress between the hours of 7:30pm - 5:30 am from June 2013 thru June 2017" $900 dollars to drive state vehicles onto sites they think the trash will be to put up the signs
on May 17,2013 | 01:57PM
AlexandriaB wrote:
At first your comments seemed funny, then I realized there's probably way more truth in them than humor. When I think of how hard I work at several jobs, and how much money the State wastes without even thinking about it... you're ALL correct - $250,000 would mean everything to me and to you, but for the State, it's just a small drop in the bucket to fritter away without a second thought.
on May 17,2013 | 02:14PM
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