The Spark

the Voice of
The Communist League of Revolutionary Workers–Internationalist

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.”
— Karl Marx

Dumping Grounds of Capitalism

Jan 29, 2024

Recently, University of California at San Diego scientists found a massive number of discarded military weapons, including munition boxes, smoke floats, and depth charges on the 3,000-foot-deep ocean floor next to the Southern California coast. The U.S. Navy has confirmed that these weapons “are likely a result of World War II-era disposal practices” and “disposal of munitions at sea at this location was approved at that time to ensure safe disposal when naval vessels returned to U.S. port.”

In fact, in total, thirteen other areas off the Southern California coast had also been approved for such dumping — including 3 million metric tons of petroleum waste. Nobody knows the extent of the damage that has been and will be caused by such callous dumping. But for sure our life is endangered by it.

In 2021, University of California at Santa Barbara scientists identified half a million barrels of toxic DDT acid waste sitting on the ocean floor between Catalina Island and Los Angeles. The DDT dump was so powerful that it poisoned vast numbers of birds, fish, and other sea animals. DDT is a pesticide banned because it is toxic to human life. Earlier this month, a WWII-era practice bomb washed ashore in Santa Cruz County after an exceptionally high tide.

Capitalist business practices as usual.