Researchers Using Underwater Camera Find Radioactive Waste Dumped Off Coast

By Mike Fishmore | May 21, 2024

Underwater graveyard

In a region near the Los Angeles coast, scuba divers may encounter unexpected sights beyond the usual marine life like fish and kelp forests. 
 

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Instead, they stumble upon a vast underwater graveyard filled with decaying barrels. These barrels, upon investigation, have been found to contain radioactive chemical waste. 
 

Hazardous waste

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Historically, in the 20th century, hazardous waste from various sources like hospitals and industries was disposed of in the ocean, possibly violating regulations by being dumped closer to the shore than allowed.