City of Imperial Beach asking for federal investigation into Playas de Tijuana sewage spill

Posted at 5:39 PM, Oct 31, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-01 20:34:03-04

IMPERIAL BEACH, Calif. (KGTV) -- The City of Imperial Beach announced Tuesday that it will be asking for a federal investigation into a toxic sewage spill at Playas de Tijuana that polluted U.S. beaches.

According to the city, the spill on October 26 and 27 sickened local surfers at Imperial Beach, including Mayor Serge Dedina.

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Water testing by Tijuana Waterkeeper revealed elevated levels of pollution at Playas de Tijuana. Officials in Mexico have denied there was any sewage spill.

“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,” said Imperial Beach, Mayor Serge Dedina.

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“Federal authorities in Mexico must improve efforts to provide real time information on spills so that we can protect the health of recreational beach users on both sides of the border,” said Mayor Dedina.