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Jeff, for what it's worth...
Trash dumping have changed... though I was a surface guy (RM1/DP1(SW)USN, Ret) and don't know what goes on with reactor coolant.
It's important to note, that all the statments being made by navy guys here, myself included are HISTORICAL DATA. During the 20 years I was in, there were huge changes that will astound a lot of guys who finished their honourable service prior to 1990:
1. Not every thing is dumped, most of the time trash is held on board.
2. As wierd as it sounds, the navy uses WATER BASED PAINT on ships. Inside, outside, etc.
3. the navy has a very anal-retentive program for hazardous material which acounts for all the greases, cleaners and other potentially toxic stuff. the goal of this is to keep it out of the ocean.
Just imagine if when you went to the store if you not only had to pay for your pine sol, but you had to sign paperwork before you left the store stating that you understood the first aid, proper use and storage of your pine sol, but also had to return the un-used portion and sign more paper work.
And yes, regular bathroom cleaners in the navy are considered hazerdous, I'm not exaggerating. All this has totally "upped" the navy from being clean, in a fresh paint and dust free kinda way to a non-poluting kind of way.
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