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L.A.'s Cabrillo Beach reopened after wastewater discharge

April 22, 2009 |  1:10 pm

Public health officials today reopened the Inner and Outer Cabrillo Beach after determining that 3 million gallons of treated wastewater discharged into L.A. Harbor from a nearby treatment plant did not contain harmful chemicals or bacteria.

Public health officials closed the beach Tuesday after the Los Angeles City Terminal Treatment Plant accidentally discharged wastewater -- which had already been treated for harmful waste products -- into the Los Angeles Harbor. Officials were concerned some of the water may have flowed to the beach.

"Our first priority is to protect the health and safety of the people who visit the beach and water areas," said Jonathan Fielding, director of the public health department for Los Angeles County. He said the wastewater that was discharged is used for irrigation purposes.

"The water has already been treated and it has no chemicals or bacteria," Fielding said.

-- Ruben Vives