HONOLULU (AP) - Hawaii plans to apply for a $50,000 grant the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is making available to the state to clean up debris from the tsunami that hit Japan in March last year.
The Department of Health's deputy director for environmental health, Gary Gill, said Tuesday the money "will barely begin to address the cost of keeping about 500 beaches in the state free of marine debris."
He says the state will seek additional funds.
The state plans to ask local nonprofit groups to apply for the grant funds to support their beach cleanup activities. It's still working on details as NOAA just offered the grant last week.
NOAA on Monday announced it will provide grants to five affected states. The others are Alaska, Washington, Oregon, and California.
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