Scientists found an ocean dumping ground for DDT.

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Marine scientists have found at least 27,000 barrels of toxic pesticide DDT dumped off the coast of Los Angeles.

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.

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  1. Bogsidebunny says:

    They should tap that supply and use it to top up Joy Behar’s douche supply

  2. Drew45.8 says:

    Evil corporations dumped their crap there from 1930 to 1972. Today, nearly 50 years later …
    “The long-term impact on marine life and humans is still unknown, said Scripps chemical oceanographer and professor of geosciences Lihini Aluwihare.”

    After 50 years at the bottom of the ocean, some of the crap there 42 years longer than that, if you haven’t figured out long term impact yet, then turn in your science badge.

  3. ruralcounsel says:

    That’s actually pretty amazing support for the inherent safety of DDT. So much of it dumped, and so little environmental impact. And I thought the egg-thinning argument had been mythbusted.

  4. President Elect Toxic Deplorable Racist SAH Neanderthal B Woodman Domestic Violent Extremist SuperStraight says:

    Yep, all the anti-DDT myths have been busted at one time or another. But of course, you’ll NEVER hear any of it from the DeMSM presstitutes.
    The main anti-DDT enviroNazi was Rachel Carson (“Silent Spring”) (may she burn in Hell forever).
    My questions would be, with all that DDT dissolved and floating in the water, what is the ecology down there REALLY like? Are there fish and sea mammals swimming, living, and reproducing in the area? Is there a vibrant thriving ecology? Or is it a “dead sea”? And just because there is DDT in the food chain, how badly (if at all) does it really affect the sea life? All compared to a similar non-DDT ocean ecology, say 25-50 miles away?

  5. grayjohn says:

    Rachael Carson was a fraud.

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