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Bonamici Leads Discussion of Local, State, Federal Partners on Tsunami Debris Cleanup Efforts

June 15, 2012
Press Release

Portland, Ore.—Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici (OR-1) called on local, state, and federal partners and other stakeholders to coordinate and streamline efforts to clean debris from the 2011 Japan tsunami from Oregon’s beaches and coastal waters. The National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) warned that significant accumulations of debris may wash up on U.S. shorelines over the next months and years. Numerous state and federal agencies have responsibility for various aspects of the cleanup, and a coordinated effort will help to ensure that the impact to local communities is minimized.

Enhanced coordination between government agencies and local communities is critical as we work to clean up our coastline,” said Bonamici following today’s meeting in Cannon Beach. “I want to make sure the federal government is doing everything it can to support our coastal communities plan for, clean up, and dispose of the debris so that struggling states and counties are not left with enormous cleanup costs. I will search for any possible opportunities to secure federal funding to assist these efforts, and I look forward to working with everyone here today to keep our coastline clean and safe for all users.”

State Senator Betsy Johnson, Cannon Beach Mayor Mike Morgan, and representatives from NOAA, U.S. Coast Guard, and the Environmental Protection Agency were among the participants at today’s meeting. The group discussed funding difficulties and committed to developing a coordinated action plan amongst the various levels of government, agencies and volunteers as the cleanup process begins.