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A 7,200-gallon sewage spill at the Point Loma Wastewater Treatment Plant has closed beach and water access in the area as the biggest surf in two years hits San Diego.

After workers performed routine maintenance at the plant this morning, a gasket failed and treated sewage spilled for about 90 minutes, said Heather Lade, a spokeswoman for the city’s Metropolitan Wastewater Department. The spill has been contained.

The county’s Department of Environmental Health has closed water access from southern Sunset Cliffs Park to the Cabrillo National Monument tide pools.

Beach closures have also been expanded from the U.S.-Mexico border to include Imperial Beach, as a result of sewage-contaminated runoff pushing north from Mexico.

ROB DAVIS

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