For decades, dozens of forgotten Navy and merchant ships have been corroding in the Suisun Bay Ship Graveyard, 30 miles (48 km) northeast of San Francisco, California. These historic vessels, such as the ones pictured in this high-resolution satellite image, offered by Customaps, served their country in four wars: WWII, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, and Desert Storm. The State of California and several environmental groups have raised concerns about the environmental impacts of the fleet. Potential concerns include the toxicity of the heavy metals and anti-fouling agents contained in the paint that is peeling off of these vessels.
In 2009, an agreement was reached between the United States Government and local stakeholders regarding the maintenance and disposal of obsolete ships owned by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration at the Suisun Bay Reserve Fleet site. Under this agreement, the Maritime Administration will clean, maintain, and dispose of these ships in a manner that eliminates sources of pollution. The process of removing obsolete ships for recycling has begun and a total of 10 ships remain.
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