UCSB Scientist Discovers DDT Dumping Ground

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Spraying DDT on the streets of San Antonio, TX to Prevent Polio in 1946 (Photo: National Archives)
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UC Santa Barbara scientist David Valentine discovered a DDT dumping ground off the California coast.

In a feature by the Los Angeles Times, Valentine was diving near Santa Catalina Island using a deep-sea robot when he followed sonar scans to 3,000 feet down to the seafloor. 

He discovered leaking barrels filled with toxic chemicals.

There could be as many as half a million leaky barrels underwater right now, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane (DDT) is a colorless, tasteless, and almost odorless crystalline chemical compound. It was originally developed as an insecticide but was banned in the United States in 1972 after poisoning birds and fish.

The nation's largest manufacturer of DDT was located in Los Angeles from 1947 to 1982. The Los Angeles Times reports the company disposed of toxic waste through sewage pipes that went into the ocean, following World War II thousands of barrels of toxic sludge were routinely dumped into the ocean, and in the 1980s barrels were punctured so they would sink before dropping them close to shore. 

In 2011 and 2013, Valentine and his researchers collected samples that showed DDT concentrations 40 times greater than the highest DDT contamination recorded near Palos Verdes.

Read the full report at LaTimes.com.

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ChillinGrillin Nov 05, 2020 01:42 PM
UCSB Scientist Discovers DDT Dumping Ground

The devil is in the details. According to the article, employees responsible for the disposal often dumped the barrels closer to shore to save time. There are also other similar undersea dumping grounds of old explosives, chemical waste, and junk. There are entire trains dumped off of Ventura from the early 20th century.

RHS Nov 05, 2020 04:22 PM
UCSB Scientist Discovers DDT Dumping Ground

Another vote for the free enterprise economic model. They dump crap in our environment to save money and profit. They have no motive to behave absent governmental regulation and criminal enforcement. Check out Minamata Bay, Japan, where mercury was dumped for decades poisoning the bay and local population to this day. DDT was dumped off shore of San Pedro in the nearest deep ocean by US chemical companies who did not want to pay for safe processing of DDT that they had been profiting off for years. By the time this stuff is discovered and resolved the business and its operatives are long gone and their money is unreachable. We need a Teddy Roosevelt progressive agenda here (I won't say a Bernie Sanders Democratic Socialist agenda for fear of upsetting the banks).

Ant lion Nov 05, 2020 09:16 PM
UCSB Scientist Discovers DDT Dumping Ground

It's great that this issue is finally getting some exposure. Dave Valentine is one of the smartest scientists in the state and it's not surprising that he's catalyzing it. The State should appoint a special commission to investigate and follow up on this.

pstarSR Nov 06, 2020 11:26 AM
UCSB Scientist Discovers DDT Dumping Ground

ohhh you mean things they did years ago have an impact now! just like things we are doing CURRENTLY with the excuse " it wont affect me". Even better part of all this is the company responsible wont have to do a THING! nothing. They made a TON of money off that, and disposed of it and made even more money doing it illegally. NOW the company is gone, or changed hands or whatever, and the money is untouchable. Someones living the highlife, 1%'r off the suffering and destruction they caused. Yeah, we are moving this country in the right direction........

hold business's accountable, regardless of the time!

PitMix Nov 07, 2020 08:37 AM
UCSB Scientist Discovers DDT Dumping Ground

How many other animal foul the nest that they can't replace for the next breeding season. We are such clever monkeys, but very shortsighted.

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