Cantwell to Attend First Senate Hearing on Tsunami Debris Response

Last November, Cantwell secured Senate Commerce Committee passage of an amendment that would identify the debris as a unique threat and require the Undersecretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere to develop an interagency action plan to help prepare our region for this potentially serious problem. On March 7th, Cantwell urged the head of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to step up programs to analyze the potential danger of tsunami debris. And on March 30th in Seattle, Cantwell and Senator Mark Begich (D-AK) called on President Obama to allocate emergency resources to mobilize National Science Foundation (NSF) research to help track and respond to tsunami debris. Expediting NSF grants would help coastal communities get more specific estimates of what might hit shores – and when.

Who: U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA)

David Kennedy, Assistant Administrator, National Ocean Service, NOAA

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Rear Admiral Carl Thomas, Director of Response Policy, U.S. Coast Guard

When: Thursday, May 17, 2012 at 10:30 a.m. Eastern

Where: Russell Senate Office Building, Room 253, Washington, D.C.

**Reporters not able to attend the hearing in person may tune in via live webcast on the Senate Commerce Committee’s website. Refresh the Commerce Committee homepage 10 minutes prior to the scheduled start time to automatically begin streaming the webcast.