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“Trash Beach” in Hawaii Could Get Cleaner Due to the EPA

Hawaii’s Kamilo Beach, a remote mile-long beach on the southern edge of the island, has been overwhelmed with ocean debris and has been nicknamed “junk beach,” “plastic beach” and “trash beach.”

For decades, the Hawaii Wildlife Fund has been removing tons of debris from the beach and coastline. It looks cleaner than it has in years, but tiny fragments of plastic still remain.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) ruled that the beach must be listed as “impaired” under the Clean Water Act due to all the trash that washes up there.

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