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Report: Sunken WWII ships may pollute U.S. waters

By Seth Borenstein

AP Science Writer

LAST UPDATED: 09:56 a.m. HST, May 20, 2013

WASHINGTON » A new government report details 87 shipwrecks that could pollute U.S. waters with oil. Most were sunk during World War II.

The potential for pollution is less than scientists had expected. They estimate that far less oil will leak into the ocean than the BP oil spill of 2010, which spewed roughly 200 million gallons into the Gulf of Mexico alone.

However, six leaks are considered potentially significant coastal pollution problems. Study author Lisa Symons said today those six keep her up at night. Five are off the Florida coast, one just 15 miles from shore.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration which did the report doesn't know exactly where half the shipwrecks are.

The government agency is studying whether oil can be removed from some vessels before they leak.

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kukaikid wrote:
yeah its time to stop it. the uss arizona too. its ceased being a monument once i heard how much oil it continues to dump into the ocean.
on May 20,2013 | 09:51AM
serious wrote:
Correct, the Today show this morning showed the seepage and it looked pretty significant. If it were a private ship--it would be fined $$$ a day.
on May 20,2013 | 10:02AM
localguy wrote:
Another rookie poster, how little you know. NPS & US Navy already have a plan and materials in place should there be a sudden outpouring of oil from the Arizona's fuel tanks. There have been studies on how to remove the oil. NPS & US Navy, BTDT.
on May 20,2013 | 11:30AM
richw66 wrote:
it's a little late to be worring about WW II ships polluting the ocean. Move on to something more significant like the 3 White House scandels that are going on!
on May 20,2013 | 10:41AM
FrankieT wrote:
What is the point you are trying to make? Forget the 3 White House scandals as you will just add stress to your life. Anyway that is all political which you will never win. In time there is something they can do about the WWII Ships.
on May 20,2013 | 12:11PM
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