U.S. neigh­bors riled fol­low­ing long-last­ing Mex­ico sewer spill

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - NATIONAL -

LOS AN­GE­LES — Of­fi­cials in South­ern Cal­i­for­nia are cry­ing foul af­ter more than 140 mil­lion gal­lons of raw sewage spilled into the Ti­juana River in Mex­ico and flowed north of the bor­der for more than two weeks, ac­cord­ing to a re­port.

The spill was caused Feb. 2 dur­ing re­pair work on a sewage col­lec­tor pipe and wasn’t con­tained un­til Thurs­day, the In­ter­na­tional Bound­ary and Wa­ter Com­mis­sion said in its re­port re­leased Fri­day. The river drains into the Pa­cific Ocean on the U.S. side.

Serge De­d­ina, the mayor of Im­pe­rial Beach, Calif., said res­i­dents of his city and other coastal com­mu­ni­ties just north of the bor­der have com­plained about a grow­ing stench.

De­d­ina crit­i­cized fed­eral of­fi­cials in the U.S. and Mex­ico for not alert­ing peo­ple to the spill.

“Bor­der au­thor­i­ties charged with man­ag­ing sewage in­fra­struc­ture and re­port­ing these spills must do bet­ter and be held ac­count­able for this act,” De­d­ina said in a state­ment Satur­day. He called for the res­ig­na­tion of Ed­ward Drusina, chief of the in­ter­na­tional wa­ter com­mis­sion, over his lack of at­ten­tion to cross-bor­der sewage flows.

Of­fi­cials with the com­mis­sion didn’t im­me­di­ately re­turn calls seek­ing com­ment Satur­day.

The mayor said his of­fice will seek an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the spill and its af­ter­math, adding that U. S. of­fi­cials “must make fix­ing sewage in­fra­struc­ture a pri­or­ity and is­sue of na­tional se­cu­rity.”

San Diego County beaches, which typ­i­cally would be closed by such a spill, al­ready were off-lim­its to swim­mers and surfers be­cause of runoff from re­cent storms, De­d­ina said.

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