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California City’s Wastewater Facility Harms River, Suit Says (1)

Feb. 24, 2021, 9:13 PM; Updated: Feb. 25, 2021, 1:55 PM

A central California city’s wastewater treatment facility releases excessive contaminants into nearby water bodies, an environmental advocacy group says in a complaint filed Wednesday in federal district court.

The city of Lompoc, which is west of Santa Barbara, has discharged sodium, chloride, and other pollutants in amounts that exceed its permit, the Environmental Defense Center alleges in its citizen suit filed in U.S. District Court for the Central District of California.

Water downstream of the Lompoc facility, including San Miguelito Creek and the Santa Ynez River, provides an essential habitat for many species. Some recreational and aesthetic uses, such as...

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