Murkowski plans discussion of Japanese tsunami debris

Associated PressJanuary 19, 2012 

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski will host a discussion on the effect on Alaska of debris from last year's tsunami in Japan. The Alaska Republican says Alaskans need to hear what is being seen and what is being done about debris showing up on the Alaska coast from the March 11 event.

The hour-long discussion is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Friday at the University of Alaska Anchorage.

Peter Murphy, the Alaska coordinator of the marine debris program from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, will be a speaker.

Kristin Ryan of the state Department of Environmental Conservation and Dave Gaudet of the Marine Conservation Alliance Foundation will also be part of the round table.

The discussion will be webcast.

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