Federal Intervention Sought to Prevent Further Environmental Damage
(SACRAMENTO) – Today, Assembly Joint Resolution 2 (AJR 2), authored by Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell (D – Long Beach), passed the Assembly Environmental Safety and Toxic Materials Committee unanimously. AJR 2 calls on Congress and the United States Environmental Protection Agency to take action on the dichloro-diphenyl-trichloroethane (DDT) waste dump site off the north coast of Catalina Island.
“Catalina Island and its surrounding waters are a critical natural resource for California and we must take swift action to protect it,” said Assemblymember O’Donnell. “The unanimous and bipartisan support for AJR 2 shows the Legislature’s commitment to preserving our ocean and its ecosystems for future generations.”
The chemical DDT was widely used as a pesticide until the discovery of its many negative and lasting impacts on humans and animals. Despite being banned today, the past use and improper disposal of DDT and its byproducts continue to harm many ocean species to this day. In October of 2020, a Los Angeles Times story detailed how millions of barrels of hazardous waste from the production of DDT were dumped into the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Catalina Island. Left unchecked, the chemicals at this site pose a continued threat to the health of all people and marine life in waters off California’s coast.
AJR 2 now heads to the Assembly Floor for a full vote.
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Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell represents the 70th Assembly District which includes Long Beach, Signal Hill, San Pedro and Catalina Island.