A couple of interesting aspects of naval ship pollution surround waste management and rotting ships. In the 1970s the Convention on the Pollution Marine Pollution by Dumping of Wastes and Other Matter declared ships must meet particular pollution standards on dumping, but did not dictate interim goals making the conversion a slow and difficult process. Heavy equipment for compacting various trash materials, and sanitation devices have to be installed, and not all the ships have ideal setups.
Some ships that have been intentionally sunk in order to create beautiful reefs and attract tourists concern environmentalists due to the toxins decaying into the water. Sunken ships off the coast of Florida contain the carcinogen Polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB), and retired warships off the coast of California are flaking off paint made of toxic heavy metals.
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