Murkowski Welcomes Additional Funds for Alaska Tsunami Debris Relief

WASHINGTON, DC — Senator Lisa Murkowski today welcomed the news that the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is directing an additional $750,000 towards Alaska’s efforts to clean up and address debris from the $5 million gift from the Japanese government help in the response to the impacts from the 2011 Fukushima earthquake and tsunami:

“When it comes to dealing with the effects of tsunami debris, Alaska has more shoreline than the rest of the country combined and therefore is dealing with a disproportionate amount of the debris still crossing the Pacific and hitting our shores.  I’ve been asking all parties to recognize this reality and work together.  I was encouraged when my colleagues on the Senate Appropriations Committee agreed with my request to increase funding levels for debris clean-up, and today’s announcement is further proof that they are hearing our message loud and clear.”