Coast states get up to $50K for tsunami debris aid

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - West Coast states plan to seek small federal grants to clean up rubbish that washes ashore, including any debris from last year's devastating tsunami in Japan.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced last week it would provide grants of up to $50,000 to Alaska, Washington, Oregon, California and Hawaii - states affected by tsunami debris. States will have up to a year to use the money once they receive it.

While grateful for the aid, the challenge for state officials is how to make the most of what they say is a relatively small amount of money.

Alaska faces another problem. Beaches in some states are accessible year-round, but in Alaska the window for using the funds this year along its vast stretches of remote shoreline is already closing.

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