SoCal water board adopts runoff pollution rules

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LOS ANGELES (AP) – A water board has adopted sweeping rules to prevent runoff from polluting the ocean off of Los Angeles County but the cleanup may cost billions of dollars.

The Los Angeles Times says the rules were approved Thursday by the Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board.

The new regulations limit 33 pollutants, ranging from bacteria to lead, that can flow into the ocean in stormwater or other runoff. The requirements are in the form of a pollution permit and apply to most cities, unincorporated county areas and the county flood control district.

The manager of the Los Angeles watershed protection division, Shahram Kharaghani, says the city may have to spend up to $8 billion over two decades to meet the standards.

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