O’Donnell Seeks Immediate Action to Remove DDT in Catalina Island Waters
(SACRAMENTO) – Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell (D – Long Beach) introduced Assembly Joint Resolution 2, calling on Congress and the United States Environmental Protection Agency to take action on the dichloro-diphenyl-trichloroethane (DDT) waste site off the north coast of Catalina Island.
“Catalina Island and its surrounding waters are a critical natural resource for California and we must act quickly to protect it,” said Assemblymember O’Donnell. “Our oceans cannot wait. We need to act now to get rid of this hazardous waste and prevent further environmental damage.”
A recent Los Angeles Times story detailed how millions of barrels of hazardous chemical waste from the production of DDT, which was widely used as a pesticide in the 1950s, were dumped into the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Los Angeles, near Catalina Island. DDT has had lasting negative effects on marine ecosystems and contributed to the disappearance of bald eagles, peregrine falcons, and brown pelicans from the Channel Islands. Further inaction could imperil Catalina’s tourism industry, which has already seen significant decline due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Assembly Joint Resolution 2 is pending referral to its first policy committee.
Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell represents the 70th Assembly District, which includes Long Beach, Signal Hill, San Pedro and Catalina Island.