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Styrofoam Chunks Litter N.C. Coast

Posted May 10, 2007

— Rough weather in the Atlantic Ocean this week has left a mess along the North Carolina coast, with chunks of Styrofoam littering the beach from Cape Lookout north to the Virginia border.

The area around Drum Inlet is the most affected, officials said.

Late Sunday, the Paris Express encountered severe weather while heading from Savannah, Ga., to Norfolk, Va., and lost 21 containers overboard, including some containing foam packing peanuts, the Coast Guard said.

None of the cargo was listed as hazardous material, although Styrofoam could potentially harm pristine National Seashore areas, including critical nesting habitats for endangered turtles and various bird species.

Hapag-Lloyd, the shipping company that owns the Paris Express, has hired Moran Environmental Recovery to clean up the debris.

The company is working with the Coast Guard, the National Park Service, North Carolina Emergency Management, the North Carolina Wildlife Resource Commision, Carteret County Emergency Management, Dare County Emergency Management, Hyde County Emergency Management and Currituck County Emergency Management in the clean up.

There was no word on the projected cost of the clean-up.


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  • wynnwilson May 11, 2007

    Don't look like no " peanuts " to me !

  • Tarheeljunior May 10, 2007

    I was sad when I saw the headline and thought about even more trash and pollutants going into our waters, only to open the story and see people banding together to clean it up. It makes me proud that there are people left in NC that care about our beaches and its wildlife. Good job guys!

  • luv2surffish May 10, 2007

    from folks that were there and handed out bags.. the nps did the bird closures.. and if the eco-nazis did anything. they would be
    looking for the tv cameras belive me...

  • packfan79 May 10, 2007

    the company thet owns the ship has hired someone to cleanup...of course local people will help. "we" are not paying to cleanup(directly at least) once again somone flies off at the lip without reading the whole story just to dig at someone

  • baracus May 10, 2007

    luv2surf, did you interview everyone that helped out to make sure that they weren't a birder or "environmentalist"? You can't usually tell who they are just by looking at them and they may disguise themselves as beach combers, locals, kite boarders, fishermen, and even women!

  • luv2surffish May 10, 2007

    There was no word on the projected cost of the clean-up.

    most of it is being done by fisherfolks and voluteers with OBPA and NPS suppling the bags....
    as u can see from local tackle shops:

    "First I want to thank all of our customers and the locals that we gave bags too yesterday for the clean-up of the styrofoam that washed up on the beach after the storm .It was great to see everyone working together cleaning our beach.What a great job."

  • colliefan May 10, 2007

    I suppose you know what hit the fan?

  • sapphire5660 May 10, 2007

    I'm with you Sidekick - find out who did it and make them pay for clean-up. Why do we always get stuck paying for things like this. I know it's our beaches, but for pity's sake!

  • Firefox 384 May 10, 2007

    Audubon Society of North America. Did not respond because the sea gulls were using the foam as MFSGP. That is Mobile Floating Sea Gull Platforms. Try flying 24/7 7-8 miles from shore. Foam was like manna from heaven.
    Unless the gulls complained and the ACLU Did not wish to help the ASNA (Bird Folks)So they stayed home watching Dr. Perkins reruns..LOL

  • luv2surffish May 10, 2007

    ... How many people from the Autobon(Audubon) Society participated in this clean up.."

    NONE with a capital "N" and sorry i spelled it wrong