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Report: Border Patrol Agents Sickened By Sewage Spills Nearly Triples Since June

The research station that monitors water conditions in the Tijuana River Estu...

Photo by Erik Anderson

Above: The research station that monitors water conditions in the Tijuana River Estuary every 15 minutes, sending information to a satellite on Sept. 5, 2017

Report: Border Patrol Agents Sickened By Sewage Spills Nearly Triples Since June

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Barbara Zaragoza, freelance reporter

Transcript

The number of U.S. Border Patrol agents sickened by the cross-border sewage spills in the Tijuana River Valley has nearly tripled since June, according to a report Monday by The San Diego Union-Tribune.

Rainstorms in February and March caused hundreds of millions of gallons of untreated sewage to flow through the Tijuana River Valley. The Border Patrol officer’s union reported in June about 30 agents were sickened from those spills and others, compared to 83 in mid-November. Agents have experienced rashes, headaches, nasal infections and breathing problems, according to the Union-Tribune.

RELATED: Another Unreported Cross-Border Sewage Spill Fouls Imperial Beach

Imperial Beach, Chula Vista and the Port of San Diego said in September they would sue the federal government over its response to the spill.

Reporter Barbara Zaragoza joins KPBS Midday Edition on Monday with more on the agency’s response to the spill and potential increases in water testing.

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