New Pollution Elimination Plan Aims To Reduce Beach Closures

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Federal and local officials say they’re introducing a strict new pollution plan to eliminate beach closures and reduce trash and toxic chemicals in 175 Los Angeles-area waterways.

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency spokeswoman Nahal Mogharabi said Tuesday that the Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board has agreed to plans that will restore ecosystems and protect the public.

The pollution plan calls for reductions of bacteria, nitrogen, phosphorus, mercury, pesticides and other toxic chemicals in LA’s creeks, streams and beaches.

The plan includes:

— Bacteria reduction for Long Beach City beaches and the LA River estuary

— DDT and PCB reduction for Santa Monica Bay waters

— Toxic chemicals, trash, nitrogen and phosphorous reduction in 9 LA urban lakes, including Echo Park Lake and Lake Calabasas.

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