Don’t forget that the most significant polluter in United States history is the nation’s armed services. Scott Haefner and some colleagues snuck aboard decommissioned boats in the Navy fleet near San Francisco. Haefner notes:
The ships have shed more than 20 tons of toxic paint debris that have settled into bay sediments, where they will cause problems long after the ships are gone. Even though Congress and the State of California ordered MARAD to address the situation, nothing was done for most of the past decade. Lawsuits filed by environmental groups were also unsuccessful in forcing MARAD to remove the ships. However, after Barack Obama took the Oval Office in 2008, the tide shifted and MARAD began working diligently to clean up and remove the ships.