Los Angeles beaches close due to massive sewage spill

The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health announced it was closing several miles of beaches on New Year’s Eve due to a large spill of untreated sewage in the city of Carson.

The spill, which resulted from a faulty main line, dumped 6 to 7 million gallons of raw, untreated sewage into the Dominguez Channel. As a result, Cabrillo, Point Fermin, White Point Park, Royal Palm and Rancho Palos Verdes beaches in Los Angeles County were closed, as well as  Seal Beach in neighboring Orange County. 

Local wildlife organizations are standing by to assess the damage and monitor contamination levels in the area.

Bryan Langpap with L.A. County Sanitation Districts told KABC, “There’s some shoreline spots, there’s some spots offshore, there’s a spot in the Dominguez Channel, so we’re monitoring a variety of locations for indicators of sewage and we’ll keep doing that until it returns to background levels.”

The county is investigating the cause of the spill, and whether it was due to faulty infrastructure. “A sewage spill of this magnitude is dangerous and unacceptable, and we need to understand what happened,” said LA County Supervisor Janice Hahn.




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