Chemical Wastes in the Sea: New Forms of Marine Pollution

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Science  10 Sep 1971:
Vol. 173, Issue 4001, pp. 1021-1022
DOI: 10.1126/science.173.4001.1021


Drums containing chemical wastes have been found in and along the North Sea. The wastes were analyzed and were found to include lower chlorinated aliphatic compounds, vinyl esters, chlorinated aromatic amines and nitrocompounds, and the insecticide endosulfan. Because dropping these drums into the sea endangers the environment and results in damage to fishing operations, measures should be taken to stop this practice.