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Roundtable: Ecological Crisis At Border

Trash caught by a barrier in a Goat Canyon capture basin near the U.S. Mexico...

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Above: Trash caught by a barrier in a Goat Canyon capture basin near the U.S. Mexico border on Dec. 20, 2018.

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Sewage, Trash From Mexico An Ecological Disaster

Raw sewage flowing from Mexico into the U.S. regularly fouls San Diego County's waters and beaches.

Concerns have been raised for years about this ongoing public health menace and ecological disaster.

Environmentalists worry that with climate change causing more storms, the problem will intensify.

There are structures in place in a few areas to catch plastic, Styrofoam and sediments. Some would like to see these types of remedies applied to other areas near the border, which can become raging rivers of pollution and trash during storms.

RELATED: Environmental Group Working To Fix San Diego’s Cross-Border Pollution

RELATED: More Water Testing May Be Coming For Tijuana River Valley

Getting High In Bankers Hill

Next week the San Diego City Council will decide whether a developer can construct a high-rise apartment building in Bankers Hill near Balboa Park.

The owner of the property, St. Paul's Episcopal Cathedral, sees the project as a way to expand its ministry and give it more financial security.

Opponents, particularly the volunteer group Uptown Planners, believe the building contains too many luxury apartments and is too tall, which would throw shadows across the park.

A likely selling point for the city council is the inclusion of 18 affordable homes for individuals and families with very low income — $43,800 or less for a family of three.

RELATED: St. Paul’s Cathedral Puts Its Faith In A High Rise

NRC To Decide Whether Nuclear Waste Storage At San Onofre Will Continue

On Thursday, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission held a conference to consider giving the go-ahead to Southern California Edison to continue transferring tons of spent nuclear fuel from wet to dry storage at San Onofre.

Much of the public is not in a mood to trust SCE with such a dangerous job after a near accident in September during fuel transfer.

The NRC said recently that in spite of a string of violations over a six-month period, there is no cause for an FBI investigation into criminal charges.

RELATED: As Residents Debate Safety Of Spent Nuclear Fuel, Power Company Awaits Decision On Storage

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