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EPA to cap dangerous ocean chemicals

October 6, 2009 12:58:05 AM PDT
The Environmental Protection Agency has devised a way to cap a vast deposit of contaminants off the Southern California coast.The $50-million strategy aims to place a cap of clean material over a nine-mile stretch of DDT and PCBs known as the Palos Verdes shelf.

DDT is a banned pesticide, and PCBs are toxic chemical compounds.

The contaminants are too deep for human contact, but they are a risk to people who eat fish from the area.

The contamination occurred from the 1950s until the early 1970s. The chemicals flowed through Los Angeles County's sanitation system and collected along nine miles of seafloor off the Palos Verdes Peninsula.

AP contributed to this report.

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