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Originally published Monday, June 18, 2012 at 12:32 PM

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WA Gov. says fed help needed with tsunami debris

Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire says federal help is needed to help clean up tsunami debris that reaches the West Coast.

Associated Press

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OCEAN SHORES, Wash. —

Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire says federal help is needed to help clean up tsunami debris that reaches the West Coast.

She told a news conference Monday morning at Ocean Shores, "We don't have the resources at the state level to do what we're going to have to do here."

Gregoire announced a "Clean Shoreline Initiative" to be led by Major General Timothy J. Lowenberg , the Director of the State's Emergency Management Division. It would include the state Health Department and other agencies.

The governor says there's no reason to fear seafood or visiting coastal beaches. Health Secretary Mary Selecky says monitoring has found no radiation in salmon.

The state also is monitoring for invasive species, but Gregoire says she's not aware of any arriving on tsunami debris.

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