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Oregon Beaches Still Awash With Tsunami Debris

OPB | March 30, 2013 2:56 p.m. | Updated: April 2, 2013 1:06 p.m. | Portland

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SOLVE‘s annual beach clean-up event drew more than four thousand volunteers to Oregon’s coast this year. They retrieved more than 52,000 pounds of trash.

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SOLVE spokeswoman Briana Groodwin says tsunami debris from Asia continues to pop up on the beaches.

“We’ve been seeing a lot more of the same types of debris, just more of it - especially styrofoam and buoys. We’ve also been seeing a lot of lumber recently. It has notches in it and that’s their traditional Japanese building style.”

Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici has made plans for a Monday announcement of a new bill she says would allow Oregon and other states to apply for cash to reimburse the cost of tsunami debris clean-up efforts so far.

Bonamici’s spokesman says the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration received $5 million from the Government of Japan to assist with cleanup activities, but the agency can’t spend it on clean-ups that have already occurred, such as the dock fragment that washed up in Newport last year.

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