Shocking Story of DDT Dumping in San Pedro Channel

clevel

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I was informed of a report about DDT dumping in our ocean water long ago which is still haunting us. LA Times has a jolting publication about Montrose Chemical company that dumped tons of DDT into the San Pedro Channel along with discarding DDT through the sewer pipe off the Palos Verdes shelf.

We live on this planet, we survive from the resources of this planet. Let's be better stewards. Link to the story is attached. God Bless.
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Omarkayak

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Although they gave it a shot trying to bury the stuff on the shelf it was only mildly successful. Maybe if they gave it two shits I mean shots. Or ten more likely.

The stuff in the channel is a whole nother thing. It's like, 3,000 feet deep. Just identifying the limits will be a huge challenge. Remote submersibles or maybe they could drag around a pH meter just off the bottom and could see it as a bump (drop) of 0.1 units or something coming off the sulfuric acid carrier, if it's not all neutralized. Mitigating it will be a whole nother nother thing. Half a million drums worth they estimate if I recall (maybe it was half a millions gallons--a lot less but still a lot).

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onehottip

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It’s clearly marked on govt charts. Wow that’s really disgusting.
 

reelbadlarry

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And Millions upon Millions of people would be dead without DDT. Sometimes the cure is worse than the disease. But I would give good money for some good ole black flag insecticide with DDT in it. They figured it out, that it was bad for bird eggs and stopped using it. My brothers and sisters played in those clouds back east on the Marine bases.
To me this is another story of professor finds cash cow to help him from finding real job. They are all just looking for a problem to get grants to keep doing whatever it is they do.
 
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swami 805

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That's just what we know about, the ocean was used as a giant dumping ground for industry and the military for many years. Thankfully we hopefully know better now.
DDT is very effective but we have much better products now, work as well without the drawbacks.
 

wils

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wow. previous generations have NEVER known about the DDT off the coast. :eek:
I think that you arm-waving young'uns should go off the coast of PV and start diggin' that crap off the ocean floor. Oh. Wait a minute. that was tried DECADES ago. It was then discovered that if the DDT impregnated into the ocean bottom was left alone, it was doing no harm. But if disturbed, the DDT would spread through the water table and spread with the currents.... becoming an active "problem"
Have you ever heard the phrase "Let sleeping dogs lie."?

Was dumping crap in the ocean decades ago not such a good idea? yeah. Has it stopped? nope.......