Thursday, September 24, 2015

Dockweiler Beach Los Abgeles closed after possible medical waste washes ashore

Dockweiler State Beach remained closed Thursday after possible medical waste, including hypodermic needles, was found along the shoreline.
Tampon applicators and condoms were found on the beach Wednesday between Ballona Creek and Grand Avenue, according to the Los Angeles County Public Health Department. Warning signs were posted after water sample results showed bacteria levels exceeded state standards.
The beach will be closed until further notice.
County spokeswoman Tonya Durrell told reporters the waste was not toxic and “does not pose a threat to the public.”
According to Heal the Bay, a nonprofit environmental group, the waste could be related to last week’s storm.  The storm prompted the Hyperion Treatment Plant to divert 200 million gallons of wastewater to a one-mile sewage pipe.
Waste trapped in the sewage pipe for some time was flushed out into the Santa Monica Bay, according to Heal the Bay.
Cleaning crews worked overnight to remove the items from the beach.
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