Los Angeles beaches closed again as crews clean up waste

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Posted: Sep 25, 2015 10:38 AM
Los Angeles beaches closed again as crews clean up waste

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Two Los Angeles beaches remain closed as crews clean up hypodermic needles, condoms and other waste that washed ashore.

County health officials are warning people to avoid the water and the sand Friday at Dockweiler State Beach and adjacent El Segundo Beach near Los Angeles International Airport.

The waste was spotted in the sand Wednesday and excessive bacteria levels were found in the water.

Sanitation District spokeswoman Tonya Durrell said Thursday that crews collected at least 200 pounds of waste from the beaches. Officials believe it was discharged from a pipeline belonging to the city-owned Hyperion Treatment Plant.

The mile-long pipeline had been dormant but was brought back online last week as a heavy storm strained the regular 5-mile pipeline.

Durrell says the rains may have overflowed a tank meant to capture solid matter.