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EPA AND THE STATE FILE SUIT AGAINST LOS ANGELES DISTRICTS

 EPA AND THE STATE FILE SUIT AGAINST LOS ANGELES DISTRICTS
 SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA) and the Los Angeles region of the California Regional Water Quality Control Board today filed suit against the County Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County for discharging wastewater at less than the national secondary wastewater treatment standards at their treatment plant in Carson, Calif., a violation of the Clean Water Act (CWA).
 "This suit emphasizes the need for the districts to construct facilities to treat sewage at the full secondary level and come into compliance with federal law," said Harry Seraydarian, EPA's water management division director.
 The suit also cites the districts for spills of raw sewage from their sewage collection system and discharges that have exceeded the California Ocean Plan's water quality standards for bacteria for shellfish harvesting and body-contact sports.
 Larry Zarian, chairman of the Regional Water Quality Control Board, emphasized "that this action reinforces the board's recent adoption of a permit requiring the districts to upgrade treatment to the full secondary level."
 The U.S. EPA denied a request by the sanitation districts for a waiver from secondary treatment level requirements in December 1990. Effluent treated at the secondary level removes a minimum of 85 percent of suspended solids and organic materials from wastewater. The districts currently treat wastewater at the advanced primary level by blending primary and secondary effluents, removing 75 percent of the solid materials.
 The sanitation districts discharge wastewater from their Joint Water Pollution Control Plant into the Pacific Ocean in Santa Monica Bay through outfalls about one and a half miles off the Palos Verdes Peninsula. The plant is part of a sewage system that serves over 100 cities and unincorporated areas of Los Angeles County.
 The districts are subject to civil penalties of up to $10,000 per day per violation prior to Feb. 4, 1987, and $25,000 per day per violation after that date.
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 /CONTACT: Lois Grunwald of U.S. EPA, 415-744-1588/ CO: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency ST: California IN: SU:


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