Oregon braces for dangerous coastline debris

Washington Department of Ecology

The used phosphine containers are extremely flammable.

A group that tracks threats to Oregon’s coast has warned that a “possibly dangerous form of debris” could soon land along the Pacific’s beaches.

However Oregon’s CoastWatch group notes that the phosphine gas fumigant canisters aren’t coming from Japan. Instead, the highly toxic canisters are used on U.S. boats that carry grain and other products.

BeachConnection.net reported on the dangers earlier this week.

The canisters have increasingly shown up on Washington beaches, leaving open the threat that they’ll appear in Oregon. Phosphine is a fumigant on grain ships that can become extremely flammable as the gas’s residue mixes with water and expands.

The canisters are 10-inch metallic cylinders. None have been found in Oregon to date.

Washington’s Department of Ecology issued the warning along with CoastWatch.


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