As many of you already know, if you follow the news, a 132 ton pier has now arrived on a beach in Oregon. It's origin was the Japanese Tsunami. It has now become a fairly significant tourist attraction, even though it really hasn't been there that long.
(I suppose that it shows just how little of significant interest there is in Oregon that a 132 ton block of concrete, steel and styrofoam would become an overnight massive tourist attraction.)
Some want to get rid of it in the most economical way possible, while others are trying to promote the idea of turning it into a memorial of sorts, or even a tourist attraction at the nearby Oregon Coast Aquarium, complete with some of the Japanese sea life that came intact on the thing.
If such an object were to arrive in your area (considering its origin in a disaster that killed many thousands of people, as well as its potential to have dangerous substances on it or invasive plant an animal species) what would you think would be the best course of action?
Cut it up and haul it away as the State Parks people would like to do?
Turn it into a memorial / monument / tourist attraction as others would like to see done? (if so, then with what funding? It isn't as if state parks is rolling in cash, and private foundations require quite some time to process applications for funds - while getting rid of this as soon as possible poses less risk in terms of releasing invasive species.)
FED EX it back to Japan?
Turn it into a memorial as to how much these items damage the environment by coming all the way to the US vs. being destroyed by the ocean.
Has anybody held a Geiger Counter up to the stuff?
Yes. That was one of the first things the state did - supposedly it only has traces of radiation.