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The City Council’s natural resources committee will be the first to talk about what it wants to do with the Point Loma Wastewater Treatment Plant when it meets next week.

The plant, which releases 170 million gallons of treated sewage into the Pacific Ocean each day, doesn’t filter out a federally required amount of waste before it is piped 4.5 miles offshore.

The facility has had a waiver from federal Clean Water Act requirements since 1995 and must reapply for that exemption by mid-December. The city estimates an upgrade would cost between $1 billion and $1.5 billion.

The mayor has recommended pursuing the waiver; the council has yet to weigh in. The committee will discuss the waiver and water recycling at the same time. That would unite two issues — the volume of sewage released and its treatment level — the Mayor’s Office has sought to keep separate.

The committee meets Wednesday at 2 p.m., 202 C. St., 12th floor.

ROB DAVIS

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