April 19, 2024
Steve Padilla

U.S. Senator Alex Padilla, D-Calif., stated Thursday that he has secured greater than $103 million in further funding to assist restore the South Bay Worldwide Wastewater Therapy Plant positioned close to the U.S.- Mexico border.

In a information launch, Padilla stated the cash was applicable for the U.S. Worldwide Boundary and Water Fee, as a part of a bipartisan bundle.

The invoice additionally permits different federal businesses, together with state and native governments, to contribute funds to the IBWC plant’s rehabilitation and reconstruction, Padilla’s workplace stated. The announcement comes within the wake of rising concern by coastal metropolis and county leaders over border sewage air pollution, which has closed San seashores for tons of of days.

County officers stated that since December 2022, “an alarming 35 billion gallons” have flowed north into U.S. territory from the sewage therapy plant in Punta Bandera, Mexico, impacting the San Diego shoreline throughout the summer season.

Padilla stated that there’s a necessity for “an pressing, all-hands-on-deck effort to fight this air pollution disaster.”

“The bundle introduced Thursday heeds my name to permit different federal businesses and state and native governments to contribute funds to scrub up the harmful air pollution contaminating Southern California’s air and water whereas offering an extra $103 million. “It is a main step ahead, and I’ll preserve preventing for sources and dealing with my colleagues to lastly resolve the Tijuana River air pollution disaster,” Padilla stated.

In keeping with his workplace, Padilla — who chairs the Senate Surroundings and Public Works Subcommittee on Fisheries, Water and Wildlife —  just lately urged the Military Corps of Engineers to deal with the air pollution disaster throughout an EPW listening to on the Water Sources Improvement Act of 2024.

Final June, Padilla traveled to the U.S. Worldwide Boundary and Water Fee Wastewater Therapy Plant.

After Tropical Storm Hilary hit the Pacific coast in August 2023, Padilla and the late Sen. Dianne Feinstein requested Senate management to incorporate $310 million within the emergency supplemental invoice for wanted infrastructure restore to deal with the wastewater flowing throughout the border, which has closed native seashores for greater than 800 days in a row, based on Padilla’s workplace.

Each senators additionally put language within the fiscal 12 months 2023 appropriations bundle “to remove crimson tape” and let the Environmental Safety Company ship $300 million, beforehand secured within the U.S.-Mexico-Canada settlement, to the IBWC for infrastructure tasks.

–Metropolis Information Service