The money for the cleanup is running thin though. Each of the Pacific Coast states received $50,000 from the US government and Japan has given $5 million to the US for cleanup, but this is far below what is needed to thoroughly clean up the debris. Another problem is that these beaches are so remote, simply getting to them can be a difficult prospect.
For the area of Prince William Sound this is the third major environmental disaster in the last 50 years; in 1964 an earthquake and tsunami destroyed the local communities and natural areas, in 1989 the Exxon Valdez oil spill occurred, and now this.
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