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National Reserve Fleet, Suisun Bay, Calif.

At the request of Congress, the Office of Response and Restoration investigated environmental contaminants in and around the National Reserve Fleet (NRF) in Suisun Bay, California. The request was an attempt to circumvent a political stalemate between the United States Maritime Administration and the State of California concerning the ultimate disposition of ships in the NRF. Potential environmental concerns include heavy metals and antifouling agents in paint that is peeling off of the vessels, as well as polychlorinated biphenyl (PCBs) and other hazardous materials that may have been released. In fiscal year 2008, NOAA evaluated existing data from the area to determine gaps and developed a data collection strategy.


To learn more about pollution in the environment, visit:

Office of Response and Restoration

Contaminants in the Environment

Flame Retardants Found in U.S. Coastal Ecosystems Nationwide, (Making Waves audio podcast)

What are PCBs?, (Diving Deeper audio podcast)


(Original source: National Ocean Service Image Gallery)

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Taken on July 23, 2009