The Tampa Bay Times has a great exposé on the US Navy dumping lots of barrels of radioactive waste stored in ordinary drums off the side of a ship not that far away from shore.
[snip] . . . . “We turned off all the lights,” George Albernaz testified at a 2005 Department of Veterans Affairs hearing, “and … pretend that we were broken down and … we would take these barrels and having only steel-toed shoes … no protection gear, and proceed to roll these barrels into the ocean, 300 barrels at a trip.”
Not all of them sank. A few pushed back against the frothing ocean, bobbing in the waves like a drowning man. Then shots would ring out from a sailor with a rifle at the fantail. And the sea would claim the bullet-riddled drum. . . .
. . . . For up to 15 years after World War II, the crew of Albernaz’s ship, the USS Calhoun County, dumped thousands of tons of radioactive waste into the Atlantic Ocean, often without heeding the simplest health precautions, according to Navy documents and Tampa Bay Times interviews with more than 50 former crewmen. . . . .
Where did they dump it? If we find out more about this crime and the Gulf of Mexico we’ll post it here.
Here’s an intriguing factoid – in 1953 (a time when a lot of old WWII waste and nuke plant waste dumping was going on) The USGS put out this paper – ‘Airborne radioactivity survey of the Gulf of Mexico beach between Sanibel Island and Caladesi Island, Florida’. They don’t say they are measuring for waste they dumped. They just did a radioactivity survey to check up on “abnormal radioactivity … caused by radioactive minerals associated with “black sand” deposits which occur locally along the beach in the region”. Umm-hmm. They always send out a plane to check up up on black sand. For your safety.
They dumped it in the Gulf of Mexico too!
We found this paper at the National Academies Press. You can read it online.
From p. 43:
We took these dump site coordinates and put them on our Gulf fault map. The latitude and longitude lines are approximate on the art but they show how close they are to other events. It is not far off shore.
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And this proposed Levy nuke power plant in Florida just planned to pipe their waste water (whatever that contains) into the Gulf (!!) Levy NPP was planned to be near Orlando.
LUCKILY, IT WAS STOPPED! We wonder what existing nuke plants along and near the Gulf do this pipe discharge thing!
This blog has maps of nuke plants and nuke facilities along the Gulf of Mexico. If they aren’t dumping waste into the Gulf it would be a big surprise!