Orange County Sewage Spills Reach Alarming Rate

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Orange County cities regularly violate the law by ignoring hundreds of illegal sewage spills each year or reporting them too late to effect any kind of public health protection. Twelve million gallons of sewage have spilled into the county's streets, streams and ocean. What cause these spills? How do Southland cities rationalize failing to report them? What are local and state governments are doing to stop them? We ask a journalist, a state water quality authority, the head of a Santa Monica environmental group, and an LA City waste water manager. (Managing editor Kyle McKinnon guest hosts.)
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LA Weekly

US Dept of Justice Report

CA State Water Resources Control Board

Los Angeles City's Sanitation Bureau

Orange County Register

Santa Monica Baykeeper

El Toro Airport Information Site

Pacific Opinions



Warren Olney


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