Congressman Peters introduced legislation to provide an additional $100 million in the annual construction budget to help fund the repairs desperately needed at the treatment plant. He’ll keep working to get this crisis fixed for San Diegans once and for all.
Read more about it in this September 12th piece from Times of San Diego, posted below:
Rep. Peters Seeks $100 Million Annual Construction Funding to Fix South Bay Sewage Plant
By Chris Jennewein
September 12, 2023
Rep. Scott Peters introduced legislation Tuesday to provide $100 million in annual construction funding to rehabilitate and expand the dilapidated International Wastewater Treatment Plant that is contributing to pollution closing nearby South Bay beaches.
“The overwhelming flows of untreated sewage that close our beaches, sicken our citizens, and hurt our businesses is a catastrophe for nearby residents and it must come to an end,” said Peters. “I am committed to doing everything in my power to find the funds we need to solve this urgent crisis.”
Peters introduced two amendments to the 2024 State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Appropriations Bill with the support of Congressional colleagues Juan Vargas, Sara Jacobs and Mike Levin.
“These amendments are just one vital piece of that puzzle in addition to immediate emergency funds that we have requested,” said Peters, referring to another $310 million in emergency construction funding.
Both the Mexico and the United States share responsibility for operations at the plant, which is located on the border about two miles west of the San Ysidro Port of Entry.