Scientists found an ocean dumping ground for DDT.
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It has long been suspected that the site by Catalina Island has been a massive underwater toxic waste zone dating back to World War II.
The first 60 barrels were spotted in 2011, but now ten years later, new technology has shown the huge extent of the dumping ground which far exceeded what the researchers expected.
DDT was once hailed as a wonder pesticide after saving crops and fighting off malaria but it was banned in the US in 1972 after it was linked to cancer and threatened wildlife.
The largest DDT producer in the US, Montrose Chemical Corp, was one of the companies stationed on the border of Los Angeles and Torrance and dumped waste between the 1940s and 1970s.
A $140million legal battle in the 1990s exposed it and three other companies for their disposal of toxic waste through sewage pipes heading to the sea.
The 27,345 ‘barrel-like’ images, some of which were leaking and corroding, were captured by researchers at the University of California San Diego’s Scripps Institution of Oceanography on board the Sally Ride research vessel.
Regulators said in the 1980s that barrels were deliberately punctured when they were too buoyant to sink, sending the toxic chemicals spewing into the sea inhabited by diverse marine life.
The site has been rumored for decades and the first 60 barrels were spotted in 2011 using an underwater camera by UC Santa Barbara professor Dr David Valentine.
The latest investigation using high-tech autonomous vehicles on the ocean floor has now revealed the extent of the dumping ground with thousands upon thousands of abandoned waste barrels.
DDT in the region has been found in dolphins, linked to aggressive cancer in 25 per cent sea lions and entered the food chain endangering sea birds, even causing reproductive issues in bald eagles because the chemical caused egg shells to break.