Hyperion Sewage Spill

A massive L.A. sewage spill is reportedly making nearby El Segundo residents sick.

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Hyperion Sewage Spill: What Happened?

On the afternoon of Sunday, July 11, 2021, sewage overflowed to the surface of the Hyperion Water Reclamation Plant (“Hyperion Plant”) in Playa Del Rey, Los Angeles, covering the plant’s surface operations and streets.  The surface release of raw sewage creates hazardous byproducts and directly releases harmful chemicals like hydrogen sulfide into the atmosphere.  The wind has blown polluting gases, chemicals, and odors from the L.A. sewage spill to nearby properties in El Segundo.  Unfortunately, many families are now sick from the odors, and some are being forced to relocate.

That same evening, the Los Angeles Department of Public Works, LA Sanitation (LASAN) — the organization that runs the plant — also released 17 million gallons of untreated sewage and wastewater directly into the Pacific Ocean. Residents continued to play at nearby beaches and send their children to beach camp without any knowledge of the sewage contamination.  By the time the sewage spill was publicly disclosed, countless people had been exposed.

The cleanup of the raw sewage at the Hyperion Plant’s surface will continue for weeks, lengthening El Segundo residents’ exposure to toxic gases that are causing irritation, discomfort, and sickness.

What Are My Options?

Noxious odors from the Hyperion sewage spill may make living in your home unbearable.  LASAN is required to compensate you for the costs to relocate or install air conditioning.  LASAN should also be required to compensate you for the loss of your ability to enjoy your home and the adverse health effects of the noxious odors.  PARRIS Law Firm will help you obtain full compensation. 

While relocating may seem extreme, it might be the best option for short-term exposure. However, relocation is not easy or cheap.  That’s why you need to speak with a lawyer.  Joining the lawsuit against LASAN can help protect your rights.

There is a short six-month window to act against LASAN to protect your rights. Time is of the essence. If you fail to act quickly, you may lose the ability to collect maximum compensation for your suffering.

How To Get Protection From the Raw Sewage Release at the Hyperion Water Reclamation Plant

Protect your family: contact PARRIS Law Firm using the form above and recover for the loss of your ability to live peacefully and comfortably in your own home. We will give you a free review of your case if you believe LASAN exposed you or your family to noxious odors from the Hyperion sewage spill.

What is the Hyperion Water Reclamation Plant?

The Hyperion Water Reclamation Plant (“Hyperion Plant”) has been operating since 1894 and is the oldest and largest sewage treatment facility in the city of Los Angeles.  The plant is located in Playa Del Rey in southwest Los Angeles, adjacent to the city of El Segundo. On average, more than 280 million gallons of wastewater is processed and treated daily at the Hyperion Plant.

What Did They Know?

While operating the Hyperion Plant, LASAN discovered overwhelming quantities of debris that clogged equipment, causing sewage to overflow onto the plant’s surface.  LASAN then released 17 million gallons into the ocean 18 hours before public disclosure, subjecting beachgoers to untold exposures. Without notice of the release into the ocean, people continued to swim in the water, and children participated in summer camps at the beach.  Both the surface release and the underwater discharge of sewage exposed nearby residents to unknown chemicals, bacteria, and viruses. 

Why Is Hydrogen Sulfide Exposure Dangerous?

Hydrogen sulfide is a colorless, flammable, extremely hazardous gas with a “rotten egg” smell.  It occurs naturally in crude petroleum and natural gas, but it can also be produced by bacterial breakdown of organic materials and human and animal wastes (e.g., sewage).  

Hydrogen sulfide is both an irritant and a chemical asphyxiant, affecting both oxygen utilization and the central nervous system.

Moderate concentrations of hydrogen sulfide can cause severe eye and respiratory irritation (including coughing, difficulty breathing, accumulation of fluid in the lungs), dizziness, nausea, and vomiting.

What Are Symptoms of Hydrogen Sulfide Exposure?

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Respiratory Distress
  • Anxiety
  • Dizziness
  • Eye Irritation
  • Nose Irritation
  • Throat Irritation

What Is PARRIS Fighting For?

On August 2, 2021, PARRIS Law Firm filed a government claim against LASAN for its release of raw sewage at the Hyperion Plant’s surface and into the ocean.  The Hyperion sewage spill created noxious odors, which have sickened residents and forced some families to relocate.

Anyone living in El Segundo may be impacted. The lawsuit seeks to recover monetary damages for your inability to live in your home, the cost to remediate your home contaminated by the toxic odors, and your current and future health care costs related to this incident. Contact PARRIS Law Firm today to discuss your claim against LASAN.

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