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Sun Apr 11, 2021, 12:48 PM

How a shocking environmental disaster was uncovered after 70 years

Just 10 miles off the coast of Los Angeles lurks an environmental disaster over 70 years in the making, which few have ever heard about. That is, until now, thanks to the research of a University of California marine scientist named David Valentine.

Working with little more than rumors and a hunch, curiosity guided him 3,000 feet below the ocean's surface. A few hours of research time and an autonomous robotic submersible unearthed what had been hidden since the 1940s: countless barrels of toxic waste, laced with DDT, littering the ocean floor in between Long Beach and Catalina Island.



[link:https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/how-a-shocking-environmental-disaster-was-uncovered-after-70-years/ar-BB1fx57J?ocid=DELLDHP17&li=BBnb7Kz|

I seem to remember hearing about this in the 70's. Pictures are in the article, couldn't place a pic, sorry.

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Reply How a shocking environmental disaster was uncovered after 70 years (Original post)
BunnyMcGee Apr 2021 OP
dalton99a Apr 2021 #1
BunnyMcGee Apr 2021 #3
BunnyMcGee Apr 2021 #2
Mysterian Apr 2021 #4
haele Apr 2021 #5
Mr.Bill Apr 2021 #11
yonder Apr 2021 #12
Duppers Apr 2021 #13
GoCubsGo Apr 2021 #6
Native Apr 2021 #7
FakeNoose Apr 2021 #8
Lonestarblue Apr 2021 #9
Duppers Apr 2021 #15
VGNonly Apr 2021 #10
msfiddlestix Apr 2021 #14

Response to BunnyMcGee (Original post)

Sun Apr 11, 2021, 12:53 PM

1. What lies beneath



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Response to dalton99a (Reply #1)

Sun Apr 11, 2021, 01:01 PM

3. Thanks... forgot how to place a pic.

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Response to BunnyMcGee (Original post)

Sun Apr 11, 2021, 01:00 PM

2. This makes me feel that...

even when R's are reduced in power, their "time bombs" of short-sightedness and greed like this will wipe out our planet's future. I hope we can start to contain or remove these soon, at the the expense of the wealthy.

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Response to BunnyMcGee (Reply #2)

Sun Apr 11, 2021, 01:35 PM

4. Many ultra-wealthy have prepared elaborate and luxurious shelters

where they likely will live happily for generations after the biosphere collapses.

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Response to Mysterian (Reply #4)

Sun Apr 11, 2021, 01:54 PM

5. So they tell themselves.

Their bolt holes won't keep them fed and kept in the way they are used to.
No trips to a private Caribbean Island, no spa retreat, no golf games on Pebble Beach or Augusta, no foi gras and truffle salad tapas, few servants, less infrastructure, fewer of the "free resources" that they are used to just accepting due to their wealth and/or status.

They would have to give up a lot more than they think they are going to once they make lives hell for the poors beneath them. Especially when they have to deal with erstwhile "trusted servants" who will quickly realize that without a greater world those a-holes can preen and flash their wealth around them, those "employers" are relatively weak and powerless.

I doubt that those wealthy snots would survive more than 5 years in their compounds after they trash civilization.

Haele

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Response to haele (Reply #5)

Sun Apr 11, 2021, 03:21 PM

11. They will literally wind up

eating each other.

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Response to haele (Reply #5)

Sun Apr 11, 2021, 03:23 PM

12. +1000. They keep fooling themselves thinking the

lifestyle they now enjoy (or continue when things hit the fan) will be maintained for long. When a calamity creates a need for skilled trades to repair, who's going to come help? Will they figure it out themselves? Snap their withering fingers for assistance? Doubtful.

Worse yet, if a dystopia sets in who's going to maintain institutional, cultural, social....human knowledge of anything?

They've forgotten the world does not serve them and value won't be kept in wealth or possessions but be held in skills of survival. Skills that at some unimagined point, will no longer be able to be purchased.

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Response to haele (Reply #5)

Sun Apr 11, 2021, 03:28 PM

13. YES! +1000

Only the naive would think otherwise.

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Response to BunnyMcGee (Original post)

Sun Apr 11, 2021, 02:00 PM

6. Just the tip of the ice berg.

I have no doubt there are tens of thousands of other sites just like that. Not just underwater, either.

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Response to BunnyMcGee (Original post)

Sun Apr 11, 2021, 02:01 PM

7. I can never finishing reading these articles. I get more and more upset the more I read,

and then I just can't take any more. 500,000 barrels from this one company?

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Response to BunnyMcGee (Original post)

Sun Apr 11, 2021, 02:42 PM

8. Isn't this one of the reasons the EPA was established?

What happened to the SuperFund that supposedly was meant to address toxic waste disasters-in-the making? These companies were supposed to have been fined and stopped long ago.


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Response to BunnyMcGee (Original post)

Sun Apr 11, 2021, 03:09 PM

9. The fossil fuel industry is also leaving behind toxic waste.

Part of President Bidenís infrastructure plan is to pay to clean up abandoned fracking wells. They force taxpayers to do the cleanup, which is why we should not pay them even a dollar of subsidies for the industry. If that canít be profitable without billions in taxpayer subsidies, they can reduce their CEO and other top bonuses or just go out of business.

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Response to Lonestarblue (Reply #9)

Sun Apr 11, 2021, 03:40 PM

15. Amen to that. 👍

Love this thread.


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Response to BunnyMcGee (Original post)

Sun Apr 11, 2021, 03:21 PM

10. Nuke sites

The Hanford Site in Washington state may not be completed for 40 years, with a present price tag of $115 billion. The UMTRA site in Moab UT is an ongoing project with an ongoing budget. 10 million tons of radioactive waste have been removed with a completion set for 2028. The Runit Island Dome (called The Tomb) in Pacific Ocean is deteriorating due to from rising global water levels and age. Some call Runit an "ocean Chernobyl".

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Response to BunnyMcGee (Original post)

Sun Apr 11, 2021, 03:28 PM

14. omg. no words.

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