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.
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