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California to receive federal grant for tsunami cleanup

Mercer 19360

University of Hawaii/NOAA

Millions of tons of debris from the tsunami in Japan are washing toward the western U.S.

California will be among five states to divide $250,000 in federal grants to help clean up incoming debris from last year’s devastating tsunami in Japan.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced this week that California, Hawaii, Oregon, Washington and Alaska will receive as much as $50,000 each towards tsunami debris removal, with funds available as early as the end of this month.

"We continue to actively work with the states and other Federal agencies to address the challenges associated with tsunami debris," said Nancy Wallace, director of NOAA's marine debris program in a statement. "We are pleased to be able to contribute funds to support states' efforts to respond to and remove marine debris, including disposal fees, cleanup supplies, and dumpster rentals. We remain dedicated to continuing our work with the states and others to address contingency planning, monitoring and research."