Marine Disposal of Solid Wastes

by Charles G. Gunnerson, (F.ASCE), Deputy Dir.; Div. of Res. and Development, Bureau of Solid Waste Mgmt., Envir. Health Service, Public Health Service, U.S. Dept. of Health, Education, and Welfare, Cincinnati, OH,
Robert P. Brown, Staff Oceanographer; Appl. Oceanography, Oceanographic Engrg. Div., Dillingham corp., La Jolla, CA,
David D. Smith, Dir.; Appl. Oceanography, Oceanographic Engrg. Div., Dillingham Corp., La Jolla, CA,

Serial Information: Journal of the Sanitary Engineering Division, 1970, Vol. 96, Issue 6, Pg. 1387-1397

Document Type: Journal Paper


In 1968, approximately 48,000,000 tons of wastes from the civilian sector were disposed in U.S. coastal waters at an estimated cost of $29,000,000 by tug and barge operations. All indications point to increasing amounts in the future. There are critical needs for baseline environmental data, adequate monitoring systems, and establishment of responsibility for regulating discharges of solid or containerized wastes at sea.

Subject Headings: Solid mechanics | Solid wastes | Waste disposal | Sea water | Barges | Environmental issues | Water discharge | Seas and oceans

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