Cantwell, Begich: Plan now for tsunami debris

Seattle PI - Staff

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

Sens. Maria  Cantwell and Mark  Begich spoke at the Seattle  Aquarium 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.

"Once the debris gets here, it's  almost too late," said Cantwell, D-Wash.

The senators said they're asking  for three things from the federal government, including emergency research money  to better understand where the debris is going and how much can be expected on  U.S. shores.