If you live in the British Columbia area, don’t be surprised if one of these days a Harly Davidson or a ghost ship washes up on the shore. That’s because around one a half million tons of debris from the March 2011 Japan earthquake and tsunami are making their way towards North American shores. The numbers are expected to increase as winter approaches, although how much and when exactly it will arrive is still anyone’s guess.
This early, B.C has already signed agreements with Washington State, Oregon and California to organize the debris collection and clean-up. The province’s environment minister Terry Lake said that right now the volume is still manageable but they already want to put certain policies in place in preparation for the expected increase. Luckily, none of the debris have tested positive for any toxic fallout from the nuclear crisis.
Protocols and risk assessment plans have been set last summer, and now they’re in the collection and disposal planning stage. They’ve already spent $100,000 dollars into rolling out these plans, but officials still have no idea on what it would actually cost. They are also still awaiting the finalization of talks between Canada and Japan as to what kind of funding is needed to assist in this endeavor.
By the way, a Harley and a ghost ship did actually wash up on North American shores this April.
[ via The Globe and Mail ]
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