The U.S. House of Representatives has approved a bill to begin re-imbursing state governments for the costs of cleaning up Japanese Tsunami debris washing ashore on the west coast of the U.S. – Oregon and Washington in particular. A huge Japanese Tsunami Dock that came ashore in June of 2012 had floated for over 15 months after being ripped off its moorings in the Japanese fishing town of Misawa. Once aground at Newport’s Agate Beach, it took nearly $100,000 worth of work and materials to cut it up and haul it off to Portland for scrap. A piece of it is on display on the Newport Bayfront next to Undersea Gardens.
The House has passed the bill and so it’s now off to the Senate. More in The Oregonian.