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How the waters off Los Angeles became a DDT dumping ground

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  1. knocklessmonster
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    Knowing one of the most dangerous chemicals ever invented was dumped in my back yard is pretty terrifying. I'm not surprised the EPA is at a loss of how to actually clean it up.

    Knowing one of the most dangerous chemicals ever invented was dumped in my back yard is pretty terrifying. I'm not surprised the EPA is at a loss of how to actually clean it up.

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  2. dubteedub
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    Jesus christ, this is absolutely terrifying to see. The scale of this environmental disaster here is just insane. How do you even resolve something like this? How do you get justice for a toxic...

    Jesus christ, this is absolutely terrifying to see.

    As many as half a million of these barrels could still be underwater right now, according to interviews and a Times review of historical records, manifests and undigitized research. From 1947 to 1982, the nation’s largest manufacturer of DDT — a pesticide so powerful that it poisoned birds and fish — was based in Los Angeles.

    Shipping logs show that every month in the years after World War II, thousands of barrels of acid sludge laced with this synthetic chemical were boated out to a site near Catalina and dumped into the deep ocean — so vast that, according to common wisdom at the time, it would dilute even the most dangerous poisons.

    The scale of this environmental disaster here is just insane. How do you even resolve something like this? How do you get justice for a toxic dumping by the chemical industry from 40 years ago? How many of these executives are even still alive? Because of a past settlement for the initial Superfund site are they even still liable?

    This is just infuriating to read.

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