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Tsunami debris hits Prince William Sound outer islands

Greg P.
user 13376216
Anchorage, AK
Post #: 347
Major clean-up effort needed this summer...


Tsunami debris reaches Montague
Summer clean-up efforts to focus from Montague Island to Kenai Peninsula’s Gore Point

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For 50 miles or more, massive amounts of debris litter the beaches. Black snarls of fishing nets and canisters that may still contain oil, fuel and kerosene. Carcasses of urethane foam torn out of buildings in the Japanese Earthquake and subsequent tsunami that struck last spring also washed ashore.


Tons of Suspected Japan Tsunami Debris Wash Ashore in Alaska
Bottles, Buoys, Foam Insulation, Shoes, Fuel Cans Litter Miles of Beaches

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Myke
mykespyke
Anchorage, AK
Post #: 9
I'm in - Who's got a boat?
Greg P.
user 13376216
Anchorage, AK
Post #: 379
Toxic tsunami debris will flood Alaska shores
Published: May 24th, 2012 04:31 PM
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The cost to remove it from our remote, inaccessible, and often dangerous, beaches will be high. The plastic debris, particularly all the nearly infinite pieces of Styrofoam bits and millions of larger Styrofoam pieces, will be an incredible challenge to remove. However, of possibly greater immediate concern is all of the chemical waste floating onto our beaches. By law and for obvious safety reasons, the millions of containers of hazardous chemicals destined for the western US coast cannot be removed by just anybody. A person must be HAZMAT certified to handle hazardous material. Much of what comes ashore will be initially unidentifiable because the labels will be gone or because of the language barrier. A properly trained person must deal with these materials. Can you imagine the scope of doing that in Alaska? The ADEC and the United States Coast Guard have told Gulf of Alaska Keeper that our cleanup crew must be HAZMAT certified. It will be a time-consuming and expensive proposition to properly train and certify thousands of cleanup workers along the western United States. We need to get started before millions of pounds of hazardous material are improperly and illegally handled.

Greg P.
user 13376216
Anchorage, AK
Post #: 380
I'm in - Who's got a boat?

One of our AOs organized a clean-up trip in PWS last summer, under the oversight of GOAK (Gulf of Alaska Keeper).

However, I'm not sure volunteers will be practical for a disaster of this scope. They are talking about about HAZMAT training and a huge budget.


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