History and specifics
This lack of recycling knowledge meant all the toxic by-products (specifically theta radiation) of warp reaction (estimated at 6 billion iso-tonnes per day) had to be dumped by a vast waste-export industry. They often found USS Voyager to be a hindrance to their plans.
In 2376, the Malon tanker Apsac under the command of controller Marssi was attacked by a Hirogen warship. When the tanker was damaged in the attack, Marssi was forced to dump the irradiated material into an Iconian Gateway that the Apsac detected. The waste emerged into the Alpha Quadrant, near the planet Europa Nova. Marssi and her crew were later killed by a Hirogen Alpha who boarded the Apsac. (DS9 - Gateways novel: Demons of Air and Darkness)
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