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Efforts under way to remove styrofoam on coast

Posted May 11, 2007
Updated April 30, 2008

— Crews are hard at work Friday cleaning up styrofoam strewn across miles of the North Carolina coast.

Thirty workers from Moran Environmental Recovery are now at Cape Lookout picking up the styrofoam. That styrofoam was swept overboard during a storm from the Paris Express cargo ship on its way to Norfolk, Va.

Twenty-one containers of styrofoam fell into the ocean, littering the coastal area from Cape Lookout all the way to the Virginia state line. In addition to the Cape Lookout cleanup workers, Moran Environmental Recover also has 40 workers in Buxton.

The U.S. Coast Guard has set up a unified command and a hotline for coastal residents to call to report heavily affected areas and to voice concerns.

None of the lost cargo was listed as hazardous material, but the Coast Guard said the styrofoam could be harmful to national seashore areas along the Outer Banks.

The National Park Service is working with the Coast Guard to coordinate the cleanup.


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  • seahawksforpack May 11, 2007

    The problem here is not so much for the tourist season but the poor seaturtles - they don't know any better and they eat it and it kills them.

  • notjustme May 11, 2007

    glass containers!

  • wstarhawks May 11, 2007

    What do they transport Styrofoam in?

  • spiritwarriorwoman May 11, 2007

    Praying that this doesn't hurt any people or animals.

    Hope they levy a fine against the ship. Even though this might've been considered an accident or act of God, the least the shipping company should do when they know they've caused a problem is send their own clean up crew.

    God bless.

    Rev. RB

  • ncguy May 11, 2007

    I think who ever spilled it should pay for it. A manifest from the boat would tell the story.

  • K9Tucker.LoveMYcop May 11, 2007

    amen - too many chiefs and not enough indians

  • johnlong22 May 11, 2007

    It's sure nice of them to offer a hotline for citizens to call to "voice their concerns". How about instead of calling and complaining about stuff, they get out there and help clean up. There's too many people complaining about problems and not enough shutting up and doing something about it. I mean, it bothers me that someone will see the styrofoam on the beach...and take the time to call and "voice a concern" about it instead of bending over and picking it up.

  • 2alegal May 11, 2007

    Got to clean the beaches to keep the tourist coming.