Japan Tsunami Trash Headed to Canada
A massive collection of debris is heading towards the Western Canada shoreline. The flotsam, which some experts estimate is the size of the U.S. state of California, will start lapping up on the beaches of British Columbia in January of 2012. In fact there is some debate over whether it has already started to arrive.
There are a number of problematic issues which are being discussed. Of course one would expect a lot of
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housing debris, such as lumber, furnishings and the like, from the effects of a tsunami slamming into coastal towns and washing them out to sea. There may also be hazardous, poisonous or flammable debris. Shore watchers will also be on the look out for animal and human remains.
Arguably, the most concerning is the possibility of radioactive waste from the crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant. As federal, provincial and local politicians try to sort out the complicated jurisdictional issues around a cleanup, many people have concerns that this will be a years long, or even decades long, issue.
Of course, the Fukushima power plant continues to be a concern as, months later, the reactors continuously release deadly radiation into the surrounding environment, including the Pacific ocean. It is a concern that plagues many along the western North American coast line, even as the rest of the world moves on.
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