Toxic Conditions in Southern California Wastewater

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In the past eight years, millions of gallons of toxic sewage and industrial waste have been dumped into lakes, rivers and the ocean in the Los Angeles region. Hundreds of times, the toxicity has exceeded legal standards, but only 80 notices of violation have been issued and just eleven led to penalties of any kind. That's according to the environmental group Heal the Bay, which accuses the State Water Resources Control Board of issuing a "license to kill." The Legislative Analyst says California is headed toward a "colossal" financial disaster.  We hear more about the toxic conditions and what can be done to reverse them from Heal the Bay as well as state and local water control boards.

Credits

Guests:
Mark Gold - UCLA's Institute of the Environment and Sustainability - @uclaioes, Jonathan Bishop - Chief Deputy Director, State Water Resources Control Board, Fran Diamond - Chairperson, Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board

Host:
Warren Olney

Producers:
Christian Bordal, Katie Cooper