The linked article here: (http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/news/nation/2005-11-01-weapons-ocean_x.htm?POE=3D= ) is about 8 years old–but the issue is even more cogent now as the canisters are surely even more deteriorated, in 2013.
Is the military still dumping biotoxins made for war in the sea? Mysterious ocean kills–large numbers of animals washing up dead–are turning up a lot lately.
””The perception at the time was the ocean is vast — it would absorb it,” said Craig Williams, director of the Chemical Weapons Working Group in Kentucky, a grass-roots citizens group. “Certainly, it is insane in retrospect they would do it. It would be inevitable, I assume, all of this will be released into the ocean at some point or another.”‘
‘ …One marine mammal specialist thinks “it is a very good possibility” that leaking chemical weapons killed hundreds of dolphins in 1987…’ And: http://www.globalanimal.org/2012/05/08/virus-starvation-pollution-the-mystery-of-perus-marine-deaths/73788/
The President should order the military to locate these dumps, then work up a system for cleaning them safely up. The toxins should be either buried in concrete in some effective way or, better, brought safely to the top (within other new containers that keep them watertight) and then destroyed in furnaces that break them down to components. This would be very expensive, and would take lots and lots of men. But it would save lives in the long run.
Does any of this leaking material get into fish? What’s the overall effect on the sea?
And what about the danger to future generations?