Old warships sent to bottom of sea stir pollution fears

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    "The massive Kitty Hawk-class carrier — more than three football fields long — came to rest in the briny depths about 300 nautical miles southeast of Norfolk, Va.

    Evidence from a Florida ship sinking site suggests these old warships can cause spikes in PCB levels in nearby fish. It spurred Florida officials to bar further dumping along their coast. And it has evoked a federal lawsuit alleging the EPA has failed to properly safeguard federal waters.

    Along with the memories of sailors who once lived on these ghost ships, the massive boats can contain thousands of pounds of PCBs, asbestos, lead, mercury and other harmful substances in keels, insulation materials, wiring and felt gaskets."

    Now how many types of fish are not safe to eat anymore?

    Old warships sent to bottom of sea stir pollution fears - The Denver Post
     
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    Ooops!

    PCBs We don' know nuttin 'bout no PCBs, dude.
     
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    The Navy has worked with the EPA as required by law in cleaning out toxic materials before sinking in these ships in live fire training exercises.
    Looking at who's involved here I'd be willing to bet that estimates on both sides are fudged and or guessed at, though I suspect the side doing the vast amount of fudging and guessing isn't the Navy.
     
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    meh......it'll make for some nice accommodations for some fish.
     
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    What happened to the Clean Water Act?...
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    More than half of US rivers unable to sustain life, EPA says
    March 26, 2013 - More than half of the country's rivers and streams are in poor biological health, unable to support healthy populations of aquatic insects and other creatures, according to a new nationwide survey released Tuesday.

     
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    You can bet your ass that there will always be something that "stirs fears" in the narrow world of environmentalists. Imagine how they would deal with something like "Iron Bottom Sound" named for an area off the Solomon Islands which is literally lined with the wrecks of dozens of ships and planes sunk with men and cargo and fuel and explosives during WW2. The area is still nice enough to be used as an underwater park.
     
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    I bet these same envirowhack assholes would bitch if the entire planet was torpedoed for practice by aliens...Not because they would be killed in the process, but because the PCBs, asbestos and lead would be released into the universe.
     
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    Then there's the area near Midway.
     
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    If you're talking about Bikini Atoll where the A-bomb tests were conducted 68 years ago - check out Welcome to Bikini Atoll
     
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    So ShittyKitty is below the waves now. Meh. Never cared that ship. Lots contradicting orders ("Do flight ops for our helos, meaning you need to reverse course to get the wind! But keep station!"), delivered in a manner as surly as possible. Anchored at Mombasi, KittyHawk ordered us to turn over all our small boats to them. Hell, we didn't need to go ashore anyways.
     

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