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Correction: Tsunami Debris story

In a story Oct. 31 about tsunami debris, The Associated Press reported erroneously the date of a community meeting in Long Beach by the state Marine Debris Task Force. The meeting will be Dec. 5.

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OLYMPIA, Wash. —

In a story Oct. 31 about tsunami debris, The Associated Press reported erroneously the date of a community meeting in Long Beach by the state Marine Debris Task Force. The meeting will be Dec. 5.

A corrected version of the story is below:

More tsunami debris expected on Washington beaches

More tsunami debris expected on Washington beaches, meetings planned on cleanup response

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - Winter winds and ocean currents are expected to deposit more debris on the Washington coast from the March 2011 tsunami in Japan.

State Ecology Department spokeswoman Linda Kent says the amount of debris declined over the summer after peaking in June, but it could pick up as weather patterns shift.

The state Marine Debris Task Force is holding three community meetings on response plans on Nov. 7 in Port Angeles, Nov. 15 in Ocean Shores and Dec. 5 in Long Beach.

Plans call for volunteers to dispose of small items like plastic foam they find while beachcombing.

The Ecology Department and Coast Guard will respond to potentially hazardous materials such as gas cans and oil drums. Kent says the department handled 10 such items in the first six months this year.

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