Dock on Oregon beach prompts calls for plan to deal with tsunami debris


SEATTLE - Bids to tow away a 165-ton dock from Japan that washed ashore in Oregon are astronomical, raising questions about how local governments will pay to remove additional tsunami debris that's expected to hit West Cost shores soon, KIRO 7 Eyewitness News reported.


The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department said it wants to give the dock to a port that could use it, but the agency can't afford to do so.


Communities up and down the West Coast will have to deal with similar situations as debris from last year's Japan tsunami washes up on their shores.


Already, Washington state has had fishing floats and soccer balls wash up on shores here -- and there's no federal help or insurance money to pay for their disposal.


Washington State Senator Maria Cantwell wants NOAA to develop a plan to deal with the debris before the bulk of it arrives.


"Certainly, dealing with it before it reaches our shores is much more cost-effective than what we're seeing today," Cantwell told the KIRO 7 Eyewitness News Washington, D.C. Bureau. "We're going to fight for our coastal communities, for our economies, for the jobs."


The feds and beach communities may have to get creative with their plans for handling the debris since its arrival is as unpredictable as the earthquake that created the mess. 

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