An international petition to stop Japanese companies from dumping tsunami debris on Pagan Island in the Northern Marianas has received over 2,000 signatures.
University of Hawaii biologists who were part of a recent biological survey team there are spearheading the international effort, dubbed 'Save Pagan Island.'
A Japanese company has announced plans to mine pozzolan, which is used in cement, on Pagan Island.
But the proposal would have meant sending empty ships from Japan to Pagan to collect the pozzolan, so the investors have instead proposed transporting tsunami debris to the island.
The cash strapped CNMI government is still considering the company's proposal.