Up to 25,000 barrels found at suspected DDT dump off California, say scientists

Up to 25,000 barrels found at suspected DDT dump off California, say scientists

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Extent of possible toxic waste site near Catalina Island ‘staggering’, says chief scientist on sea survey

Marine scientists say they have found what they believe to be as many as 25,000 barrels possibly containing DDT dumped off the southern California coast near Catalina Island, where a massive underwater toxic waste site dating back to the second world war has long been suspected.

The 27,345 “barrel-like’” images were captured by researchers at the University of California San Diego’s Scripps Institution of Oceanography. They mapped more than 36,000 acres of seafloor between Santa Catalina Island and the Los Angeles coast in a region previously found to contain high levels of the toxic chemical in sediments and in the ecosystem.

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