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U.S. Navy Ship Sinking Exercise Resumes—Healthy Ocean First Casualty | Earthjustice via @Earthjustice

U.S. Navy Ship Sinking Exercise Resumes—Healthy Ocean First Casualty | Earthjustice via @Earthjustice

Today, a coalition of conservation groups filed a complaint challenging the government’s ongoing failure to adequately regulate a federal ship sinking program that resumed over the summer. The program, called SINKEX, short for “sinking exercise,” is a taxpayer-funded target practice drill that pollutes the sea with highly toxic chemicals. A Florida study supports the conclusion that PCBs, dumped during ship sinking exercises, are leaching from the sunken vessels and entering the marine food chain (Bill Horn / FWC.) Over the summer, three inactive vessels were sent to a watery grave off Hawaiʻ i during the Rim of the Pacific Naval Exercises, or RIMPAC. It was the first time since 2010 the Navy used target practice to dispose of old ships. A fourth vessel is slated for sinking as part of the SINKEX program later this year. The military quietly lifted a moratorium on SINKEX l...

Full article: http://earthjustice.org/news/press/2012/u-s-navy-ship-sin...

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