Cantwell and Begich Call on Obama Administration to Free Funds to Study Fukushima Debris

Senators Mark Begich and Maria Cantwell Friday called on the Obama administration to free up emergency funding from the National Science Foundation to research the debris floating across the Pacific from the Japan earthquake and tsunami of a year ago.

At a press conference Friday in Seattle, Begich said the debris could affect fisheries, tourism and shipping. Oyster buoys, damaged ships and other junk have already been found from Prince of Wales Island to the Aleutians. Cantwell cited a derelict fishing boat spotted this week near northern British Columbia as an example of what’s to come.

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