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|February 20, 2019|
Lawsuit targets Tijuana sewage
SAN DIEGO – (INT) – California officials are giving notice that it intends to file a lawsuit over the failure of the US to treat the ongoing flow of wastewater from the Tijuana River Watershed in Mexico into California.
Named as defendant is the United States Section of the International Boundary and Water Commission, an international body responsible for protecting residents on both sides of the border.
The impending lawsuit alleges that more than 12 million gallons of wastewater is going untreated. It often contains excessive levels of pesticides, heavy metals, and bacteria. As a result, those flows have impacted human health and the environment – so much so that the US Border Patrol has launched its own investigation for the protection of its agents.
“For far too long, uncontrolled sewage spills have polluted and impaired the Tijuana River Valley and Pacific Ocean. It’s our duty to protect the public health and natural resources of the people of California. We will do what is necessary to get those responsible to clean up this mess,” said California Attorney General Becerra
Story Date: May 23, 2018