- Associated Press - Friday, September 25, 2015

LOS ANGELES (AP) - One of two Los Angeles beaches closed after waste, which included hypodermic needles, washed ashore has reopened.

El Segundo Beach reopened Friday evening, while adjacent Dockweiler State Beach remained closed.

Waste, including tampon applicators and condoms, was spotted at Dockweiler on Wednesday, leading to that beach’s immediate closure and El Segundo’s the next day. Excessive bacteria levels also were found in the water.

Sanitation District spokeswoman Tonya Durrell said Thursday that crews collected at least 200 pounds of waste from the beaches. Officials believe it was discharged from a pipeline belonging to the city-owned Hyperion Treatment Plant.

The mile-long pipeline had been dormant, but it was brought back online last week as a heavy storm strained the regular 5-mile pipeline.



Durrell says the rains may have overflowed a tank meant to capture solid matter.

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