City Faces $1.1 Million Fine For Sewage Spill

by The Editors on September 29, 2007

Last spring when a sewage line owned by the City of Vista (and 10 percent by Carlsbad) ruptured, it dumped 7.3 million gallons of raw sewage into the Buena Vista Lagoon and killed more than 1,700 fish and other lagoon life forms. Now the cities are being faced with a $1.1 million fine from the California Regional Water Quality Control Board, according to a story in the San Diego Union Tribune.

The report states the maximum fine that could have been imposed was $73 million. However, even adjusted for inflation, the proposed $1.1 million is higher than a $142,000 fine the board levied on Oceanside in 1994 for a 4.75-million-gallon spill into the same lagoon, which lies between Oceanside and Carlsbad.

Luckily, for Carlsbad, Vista will have to pay the majority of the fine if it must be paid. And we were worried about Oceanside building some condos on the lagoon.

[Link: San Diego Union Tribune]

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