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Oceanside challenging $1.6m sewage spill fine

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OCEANSIDE, Calif. (AP) - Oceanside is fighting a $1.6 million fine for a pipeline break that sent more than 5 million gallons of raw sewage into the ocean.

The fine was imposed by the San Diego Regional Water Quality Control Board over a December 2010 spill that followed heavy rains. Sewage flowed into Buena Vista Creek and the sea for nearly a week.

Oceanside officials tell the North County Times they're contesting the fine to the water board and are looking at all legal options. They claim the spill caused little environmental damage because heavy rain diluted the sewage.

The water board may consider the city's challenge in June.

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Information from: North County Times, http://www.nctimes.com

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