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The Communist League of Revolutionary Workers–Internationalist

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Radioactive Waste Dumped in the Ocean

Mar 25, 2024

University of California Santa Barbara (UCSB) researchers discovered that old barrels dumped into the Pacific Ocean by companies, sitting 3,000 feet underwater near Santa Catalina Island, contained radioactive chemicals, including tritium and carbon-14.

A few years ago, the same UCSB researchers found that Montrose Chemical Corporation, the leading manufacturer of a highly toxic pesticide, DDT, dumped its chemical waste into the ocean, covering an enormous swath of seafloor larger than San Francisco.

The “discovered” government records clearly indicate that starting in the 1930s and continuing through the 1970s, the U.S. Federal Government allowed hospitals, laboratories, and industrial companies to dispose of their toxic, dangerous waste, including radioactive chemicals, DDT, and 3 million metric tons of petroleum waste in the ocean. The U.S. Army also dumped military explosives from World War II into the same ocean.

In fact, thirteen other areas off the Southern California coast were approved for such dumping. Nobody knows the extent of the damage that has been and will be caused by such criminal dumping, but it certainly destroyed or endangered the plant and animal life in and around it—including that of humans.

Capitalist business practices as usual.