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There’s a reason to skip the beach in parts of California… and it’s a stinky one.

Miles of California beaches are closed to swimming after 17-million gallons of untreated sewage spilled into the ocean. A mechanical failure Sunday night caused the sewage to leak out of the Hyperion Water Reclamation Plant in Playa del Rey, which is the largest and oldest sewage treatment plant in Los Angeles.

The beaches will stay closed until water samples test negative for elevated levels of bacteria. The first test results were expected to come back sometime this week. L.A. County Supervisor Janice Hahn is demanding an explanation about how the spill happened.
Source: NBC News