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Ocean Dumping The practice of ocean dumping should be banned Marine pollution is at the heart of interest in todays search for a clean environment Not only does ocean dumping add to the unsightliness of the once beautiful and pristine waters it also kills the marine life which inhabits those waters Pollution on a grand-scale is wreaking havoc on the Earth The ocean is not an exception In 1996 a bill which would ban the dumping of dredge spoils in the Long Island Sound was submitted in congress by Michael Forbes Freedman At that time Congressman Forbes predicted that all dumping in the United States would end in the foreseeable future He sees ocean dumping ending in the 21st century Freeman Unfortunately ocean dumping is the least expensive way to dispose of dredged materials and other pollutants Freeman Although an uphill battle ocean dumping should be outlawed altogether In New York City proposed building of treatment plants was conceptualized Murphy This allowed an alternative to ocean dumping since ocean court decisions and legislation Murphy had banned dumping The sludge may be transported to other states for use as fertilizer Murphy Treatment plants are less of an eyesore than pollutants in the ocean Unfortunately no one wants a treatment facility in his back yard Many miles of beaches have been closed over the years due to ocean dumping For communities where beaches are tourist attractions this causes devastating economic consequences At one point medical debris washed ashore Bauman Congress passed a law at that time that banned the dumping of sewage into the ocean Bauman In 1987 an international agreement was signed and a national law was enacted to prevent ocean dumping Miller As late as 1995 ocean dumping continued to remain a serious threat Miller Tons of trash continued to pollute the nations beaches The trash not only threatens marine life it also threatens the lives of humans Miller There was no national plan for
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