Rediscovering American pollution hidden for decades

Marine scientists say they have found what they believe to be more than 25,000 barrels that possibly contain DDT dumped off the Southern California coast near Catalina Island, where a massive underwater toxic waste site dating back to World War II has long been suspected…

Historical shipping logs show that industrial companies in Southern California used the basin as a dumping ground until 1972, when the Marine Protection, Research and Sanctuaries Act, also known as the Ocean Dumping Act, was enacted…

Disposing of industrial, military, nuclear and other hazardous waste was a pervasive global practice in the 20th century, according to researchers.

Resting deep in the ocean, the exact location and extent of the dumping was not known until now.

Just a suggestion … Reflect upon all the governments in power in Washington over all these decades. A certain number of politicians in charge knew about this. Probably gave their permission. Another number knew … said something like “Shucks. I don’t like this!” And did nothing.

I have to wonder, once again, if there is a more useless job description than “elected official”

One thought on “Rediscovering American pollution hidden for decades

  1. 4therecord says:

    Between 1946 and 1970, approximately 47,800 large containers of low-level radioactive waste were dumped in the Pacific Ocean west of San Francisco. These containers, mostly 55-gallon (208 liter) drums are scattered over a 540 square mile area of the sea floor commonly referred to as the “Farallon Islands Radioactive Waste Dump” (FIRWD). https://pubs.usgs.gov/circ/c1198/chapters/207-217_RadWaste.pdf
    See also “Scientists find radioactive WWII aircraft carrier off San Francisco coast” https://www.mercurynews.com/2015/04/16/scientists-find-radioactive-wwii-aircraft-carrier-off-san-francisco-coast/

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