"Scientist: Extent of DDT Dumping In Pacific Is ‘Staggering’"

"SAN DIEGO — 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.

The 27,345 “barrel-like” objects were captured in high-resolution images as part of a study by researchers at the University of California San Diego’s Scripps Institution of Oceanography. They mapped more than 56 square miles (145 square kilometers) of seafloor between Santa Catalina Island and the Los Angeles coast in a region previously found to contain high levels of the toxic chemical in sediments and in the ecosystem.

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."

Julie Watson reports for the Associated Press April 27, 2021.


"Stunning DDT Dump Site Off L.A. Coast Much Bigger Than Scientists Expected" (Los Angeles Times)

Source: AP, 04/28/2021