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Tsunami-launched polystyrene foam on Southcentral beaches called disastrous

Only five items of debris in Alaska from the 2011 Japan tsunami have been officially identified by federal officials, but coastal watchdogs say the debris items already number in the thousands or millions and worry there'll be little funding to clean it up. They're especially worried about Styrofoam-like chunks that are breaking into tiny bits that can be swallowed by fish, birds and other wildlife. Annie Feidt of the Alaska Public Radio Network joined a representative of the Gulf of Alaska Keeper group for a helicopter flight to survey a beach on Montague Island just outside Prince William Sound. "You're basically standing in a landfill out here," said Chris Pallister. See the full report at APRN: Tsunami debris problem gets worse in Alaska, with little cleanup funding in sight



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