Officials said they checked the dock for radiation shortly after it made landfall, and results came back negative. Park workers then sent a photo of a metal placard bearing Japanese writing on the dock to the Japanese consulate in Portland, who then confirmed the dock came from Japan. Meanwhile, scientists at the Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport verified that there is evidence of marine life specific to Japan attached to the dock.
Parks staff said there's some concern about potentially invasive species on the dock, so Fish and Wildlife officers may be asked to contain the threat.
Because of the dock's size and the chance it could continue to settle or be moved by wave action, state parks staff have posted warning tape and signs, instructing people to stay off the dock.
Parks staff haven't decided yet on how they're going to remove the dock, but demolition is a possibility.
For now, Agate Beach remains open, with officials simply asking visitors to stay off the object.
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Thursday, July 31 2014 11:57 AM EDT2014-07-31 15:57:19 GMT
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