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Tijuana Sewage Hits Shoreline in California Causing Sickness

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A sewage outlet pipe, on the seashore, pounded by waves. (John Paxton Sheriff/Dreamstime)

By    |   Thursday, 02 November 2017 08:32 AM

Tijuana sewage reportedly hit the shoreline of the United States along California's Imperial Beach, causing sickness among beachgoers, officials there told the San Diego Union-Tribune.

Imperial Beach Mayor Serge Dedina, who also became sick from the beach, told the newspaper he received no advance warning from Mexico officials about the pollution.

Officials with the U.S. International Boundary and Water Commission, or IBWC, told the Union-Tribune that the agency's Mexican counterpart, the Comision Internacional de Limites y Aguas, or CILA, said it had no report of a sewage spill.

"We did speak with Mexico, and we got through to CILA, and they said there's no information regarding a spill," Lori Kuczmanski, spokeswoman for IBWC, which oversees water treaties between Mexico and the United States, told the Union-Tribune.

But Dedina pointed the finger directly at Tijuana and federal agencies in the United States for the pollution during a news conference Wednesday, KNSD-TV reported.

"We are protesting the fact that our federal government and state agencies in Tijuana have let us down," Dedina said at the news conference, KNSD-TV noted.

"We are asking for State Department investigation into this sewage spill that significantly impacted public health in Imperial Beach. Like the massive February spill, it appears that authorities in Baja California who run the sewage agency, CESPT, are more concerned with covering up pollution than protecting public health," Dedina added.

Zach Plopper, who came ill after surfing in the water, told the television station that the pollution was clearly evident.

"You could see it in the water and you could taste it," Plopper told KNSD-TV.

Dedina charged that in in February, roughly 30 million gallons of untreated sewage flowed into the Tijuana River and was carried north by ocean currents, polluting coastal waters from Imperial Beach to Coronado, KSWB-TV reported.

"All the signs are there for sewage but because one person in Tijuana the director of the state agency lies about the sewage spill no one on the U.S. side of the border bothers doing any research to find out if something actually happened. So that has to change," Dedina said, per KSWB-TV.

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Tijuana sewage reportedly hit the shoreline of the United States along California's Imperial Beach, causing sickness among beachgoers, officials there told the San Diego Union-Tribune.
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