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September 9, 2011 | By Christopher Reynolds, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
The lights may be on in San Diego, but now some of its most popular beaches are closed through the weekend. Thursday's massive power outage led to a spill of an estimated 1.9 million gallons of sewage into the Los Penaquitos Lagoon, authorities said, prompting the closure of beaches from Scripps Pier (in the La Jolla Shores area) north, including the popular swimming and surfing areas of Black's Beach in La Jolla, Del Mar and Solana Beach. From Cardiff north to Encinitas and beyond, beaches remain open.
July 13, 2011 | By Richard Winton, Los Angeles Times
A federal judge found probable cause Tuesday to extradite a former producer of the "Survivor" TV show to Mexico to face charges that he killed his wife at a Cancun resort and dumped her body in a sewage tank. A shackled Bruce Beresford-Redman, 41, showed little emotion as U.S. Magistrate Judge Jacqueline Chooljian announced the finding. "Based on the totality of the circumstances," there is probable cause to find that the producer "committed the aggravated homicide of Monica Beresford-Redman," Chooljian said.
December 28, 2010 | By Tony Barboza, Los Angeles Times
Last week's rainstorms offered stark illustrations of the destructive power of a strong downpour: Homes besieged by mud, flooded roadways and beaches littered with washed-up garbage. But a less visible blight also took a toll on the Southern California coastline. As dirty storm runoff rushed seaward during the rains, it overwhelmed some of the region's sewage systems, rupturing sewer mains, disabling pump stations and surging above manhole covers in a series of spills that swept hundreds of thousands of gallons of waste into the ocean.
October 7, 2010 | By Ralph Vartabedian, Los Angeles Times
As federal investigators examine last month's deadly natural gas pipeline explosion in San Bruno, engineering experts already have a strong sense of what went wrong and say the evidence calls into question widely used industry estimates of pipeline safety. A 28-foot segment of ruptured pipe shows signs that its steel had become brittle over the decades. The blast point also occurred at a dip in the landscape that left the underground pipe subject to corrosion from accumulating water and sewage.
October 1, 2010 | By Tony Barboza, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
Health officials Friday afternoon reopened beaches near Ballona Creek to swimmers and surfers, two days after they were closed because of a major sewage spill. Testing showed bacteria levels in the water within normal ranges for two days in a row, so lifeguards on Friday began removing closure signs from two miles of coastline south of the creek outlet, according to the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health. The closures were ordered after a clog in a sewer main caused a manhole near Centinela Avenue and Sepulveda Boulevard to overflow Wednesday, discharging an estimated 500,000 gallons of raw sewage into a storm drain that leads to Ballona Creek and, eventually, the Pacific Ocean.
October 1, 2010 | By Tony Barboza, Los Angeles Times
A major sewage spill that has closed a two-mile stretch of beach near Marina del Rey released about 500,000 gallons of raw sewage into a storm drain that runs to Ballona Creek and eventually spills into the ocean, authorities said. The spill ranks among the worst in the last two years along the Los Angeles County coastline. The beach will probably remain closed for three days. Residents reported a manhole overflowing with sewage near Centinela Avenue and Sepulveda Boulevard about 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, said Ron Charles, spokesman for the Los Angeles Public Works Department.
August 26, 2010 | By Kate Linthicum, Los Angeles Times
New federal regulations will bar cruise vessels and large commercial ships from discharging sewage within three miles of California's coastline, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced Wednesday. Officials say the new rules, which take effect next year, will amount to the nation's largest ban on sewage discharge and will keep some 20 million gallons of sewage out of coastal waters every year. A 2005 state law bans ships from dumping hazardous substances and runoff from showers or sinks, but regulating sewage falls under federal jurisdiction.
August 26, 2010 | By Martha Groves, Los Angeles Times
Responding to community outrage over the dumping of raw sewage onto the streets of Venice, Los Angeles City Atty. Carmen Trutanich said Wednesday that he intended to file criminal charges against a motor home dweller who was arrested but released after serving two days in jail. "When it hits the fan, it hits my office too," Trutanich said of the dumping, which a longtime Neighborhood Watch captain witnessed last week and reported to police. City crews finally cleaned up the mess Tuesday, but only after residents had complained for several days to various city and county agencies.
June 8, 2010 | By Louis Sahagun, Los Angeles Times
The U.S. Supreme Court's refusal to review Los Angeles' claim that a voter-approved ban on dumping sewage sludge in Kern County violates federal interstate commerce laws has plunged the city into a period of municipal distress over the best way to handle its processed human waste. The petition aimed to quash a Kern County law known as Measure E, which was approved in 2006 to block shipments from Southern California of more than 450,000 tons a year of treated wastes known as bio-solids to Green Acres, a farm the city bought in 1999 at a cost of about $15 million.
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