Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Informational Briefing on Marine Debris from 2011 Japan Tsunami

This afternoon, a panel of representatives from various federal government agencies briefed lawmakers and the general public on the potential impact of marine debris from the 2011 Japan Tsunami on the Hawaiian Islands.

Presenters from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, National Park Service, Navy Region Hawaii, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service briefed the audience on the latest science-based information on Japan tsunami marine debris and discussed their role in this issue.

According to the experts, the debris is likely to be highly dispersed, not radioactive, and may not be much more than normal volume.

The event was held in the Capitol Auditorium and put on by Rep. Ken Ito's office with help from Senator Daniel Inouye. A copy of the presentation may be viewed below.

Tsunami Debris Presentation

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