Blog Archive: Water Pollution

Crews finish work on Hyperion pipeline that might have prompted medical waste spill

Los Angeles sanitation officials on Monday announced the completion of a pipe replacement project that may have contributed to a spill in which more than a ton of medical and personal hygiene waste washed onto South Bay beaches in September. Condoms, tampon applicators, syringes and other waste that began showing up on Dockweiler State Beach and surrounding beaches on Sept. 23 may have been part of debris that was dislodged from a one-mile backup pipe that was brought back online while a longer, five-mile pipe that normally serves the Hyperion sewage treatment plant underwent maintenance.

Hyperion Treatment Plant officials queried over medical waste spill along South Bay beaches

As an investigation continues into September’s massive sewage spill off the South Bay coast, Hyperion Treatment Plant officials Thursday fielded questions from community members and environmentalists concerned that it could happen again. Public health officials believe Hyperion, the city of Los Angeles’ oldest and largest operating waste-water treatment plant, is responsible for the spill that spewed medical debris such as hypodermic needles, condoms and tampon applicators into the ocean and eventually ashore on Sept. 23.

Dockweiler State Beach closed after medical waste washes ashore

By City News Service appearing in the Daily Breeze LOS ANGELES >> Dockweiler State Beach has been closed until further notice after medical waste from a sewer pipe began washing up on the beach, officials announced tonight. Water at the beach also showed excessive levels of bacteria, while sanitary waste items and hypodermic needles had also washed ashore, officials said. The closure was announced at 6:20 p.m. The medical and other waste had been discharged

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