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News Release from: Oregon Military Department

GOVERNORS OF PACIFIC OCEAN STATES AND TERRITORIES SIGN JOINT LETTER TO PRESIDENT OBAMA ON TSUNAMI DEBRIS CLEAN UP

July 18th, 2012

All seven Governors from Pacific States and territories have come together to respond in a joint letter to President Obama encouraging additional federal assistance with the Tsunami debris on the coastlines.  A $50,000 grant was announced from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to help with our response and Oregon is in the process of making the application for those funds. 

"While this is a good first step, it is a drop in the bucket, said Brig. Gen. Mike Caldwell, Deputy Director, Oregon Military Dept. and Interim Director Oregon Emergency Management and Head of Governors Task Force on Tsunami clean up. "Oregon has already incurred over $500,000 in expenses as we respond to tsunami debris on our coastlines," said Caldwell.

Oregon is continuing to work with our federal partners to secure additional resources to assist in the cleanup. The seven states and territories continue to seek support for their local coastal communities in response to this national issue and applaud the efforts of the non-governmental organizations and citizen volunteers who have been key in picking up debris to date.

Oregon Parks and Recreation has set up a response line, for any potential sightings call 2-1-1.

Contact Info: Oregon Parks and Recreation and Dept. of Environmental Quality are lead agencies outside of the Task Force.

For further info outside of these agencies or 2-1-1 contact:
Oregon Military Dept. Public Affairs
(503) 584-3950

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