Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Made in Japan

Photo credit:  NOAA
It may be an exaggeration to say that a tidal wave of debris from last year’s tsunami in Japan is headed our way (as well as too glib), but a heck of a lot of Japanese junk is expected to wash up on the West Coast of the United States over the next two years – and some bits of the flotsam and jetsam have reached Washington state beaches already. It’s enough of a concern that Gov. Chris Gregoire is marshaling state forces to cope with the unwanted invasion.
The governor met June 18 with state agency officials and Rep. Steve Tharinger in Ocean Shores to discuss the situation and announce an initial response plan. On June 25, the state Department of Ecology deployed three six-person crews at spots along the state’s coast where debris has reportedly washed up to assess the need for a cleanup.
If you find debris on the shore that could be hazardous or contain oil, call 1-800-OILS-911.
Read about the governor’s June 18 announcement by clicking here. Learn more about what the Department of Ecology is doing, and find links to lots more information, by clicking here.

To read this story in Spanish, please click here.