OSU: Plastic ocean trash amount exaggerated

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CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) -- An Oregon State University oceanographer says exaggerated claims about the amount of plastic trash in the Pacific Ocean undermines efforts to clean up the problem.

Angel White says claims about a patch of plastic garbage twice the size of Texas floating in the ocean are false.

White says her research shows there is plenty of ocean garbage and it is a serious problem that needs to be addressed.

But she says the actual amount of plastic would only cover an area less than 1 percent the size of Texas.