LOS ANGELES (AP) — Officers in Southern California are crying foul after greater than one hundred forty million gallons of uncooked sewage spilled into the Tijuana River in Mexico and flowed north of the border for greater than two weeks, in accordance with a report.
The spill was brought about Feb. 2 throughout rehabilitation of a sewage collector pipe and wasn’t contained till Thursday, the Worldwide Boundary and Water Fee stated in its report launched Friday. The river drains into the Pacific Ocean on the U.S. aspect.
Serge Dedina, the mayor of Imperial Seashore, California, stated residents of his metropolis and different coastal communities simply north of the border have complained a few rising stench.
Dedina criticized federal officers within the U.S. and Mexico for not alerting individuals to the spill.
“Border authorities charged with managing sewage infrastructure and reporting these spills should do higher and be held accountable for this act,” Dedina stated in a press release Saturday. He referred to as for the resignation of Edward Drusina, chief of the worldwide water fee, over his lack of consideration to cross-border sewage flows.
Officers with the fee didn’t instantly return calls from The Related Press in search of remark Saturday.
The mayor stated his workplace will search an investigation into the spill and its aftermath, including that U.S. officers “should make fixing sewage infrastructure a precedence and problem of nationwide safety.”
San Diego County seashores, which usually can be closed by such a spill, already have been off-limits to swimmers and surfers due to runoff because of current storms, Dedina stated.
Through the years, a number of giant sewage spills on each side of the border have worsened circumstances within the Tijuana River, some of the polluted waterways within the nation,…