The City Council has unanimously approved a resolution opposing the City of Los Angeles’ request for a waiver from providing 100% secondary treatment of raw sewage at the Hyperion Treatment plant as required by the state’s Clean Water Act of 1972.
Los Angeles plans to open an additional treatment facility at its Hyperion plant by 1986. The new facility will provide primary treatment of raw sewage but the city has asked the Environmental Protection Agency for a waiver from requirements that it also provide full secondary treatment before discharging the sewage into the ocean.
Beverly Hills officials estimate that the city’s share of the cost of providing secondary treatment at about $2.7 million, or $2.04 cents per month for each household. “We are ready to pay our fair share for a clean environment,” said Councilwoman Charlotte Spadaro who seconded the motion to oppose the request.