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Old 10-05-2006, 05:45 PM
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Now this is funny. Did it come from Pamela Anderson or Pierce Bosnan? You be the judge. LOL!

Stars' septic systems suspect in Pacific pollution

MALIBU, California (AP) -- The mystery: Just whose waste is befouling the most celebrity-saturated stretch of California coast?

The suspects: Malibu residents whose septic tanks might let what gets flushed down the toilet flow down the hills and into the Pacific Ocean.

The strategy: DNA testing and a pledge, if need be, to get court warrants to inspect leaky tanks buried beneath the backyards of some Hollywood stars.

"This is going to get messy," predicts Mark Pestrella, the Los Angeles County public works official tasked with the project.

Loyalty to septic systems runs deep in a city that was incorporated to stop construction of a sewer line. Residents who fiercely deny that their tanks are the source of ocean bacteria also fiercely guard their privacy and their right to flush the estimated 2,400 septic tanks in a city strung along 25 miles of coast.

After decades of wrangling, Los Angeles County officials are promising to get tough -- threats of hefty fines by clean water regulators were an important push.

During the next few months, investigators will begin testing sea water. If DNA tests show the waste is human and not from, say, raccoons or coyote, they will follow the trail up the creeks that traverse neighborhoods in Malibu, where clean water advocates such as Pierce Brosnan and Ted Danson live.

Where the tests show a concentration of human waste, inspectors will sleuth out the source. Though they will not request DNA samples from residents to match waste with its human source, they say they may ask a judge for authority to inspect the tanks of property owners who bar them from taking samples.

"It is a big deal that the county is now saying 'We're willing to go on to properties to see what the source of fecal contamination is,"' said Mark Gold, executive director of the local environmental group Heal the Bay.

Malibu leaders have argued that the pollution comes from a wastewater treatment plant, storm runoff and bird droppings. The lack of a sewer system limits development and preserves rustic details amid the million-dollar homes. Oak-shaded private paths that wind through the canyons and spill onto the beaches have attracted numerous environmentally minded celebrities over the years including Sting and Tom Hanks.

At least one Malibu resident believes septic tanks are not the problem. Actress and animal rights activist Pamela Anderson said that the real polluter is animal agriculture, such as chicken farms.

"When the results of these tests come back, I'll bet that once again we'll find that ... people's meat addiction, not their septic tanks, is causing this pollution," Anderson wrote in an e-mail through her publicist. "The best thing any of us can do to fight pollution is to adopt a vegetarian diet."

County officials initially will focus on properties with heavier commode traffic, such as restaurants and Barbra Streisand's old estate.

In 1993, the singer donated her property to the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy, a state organization that has held weddings, conferences and public tours at the 22-acre estate. Conservancy spokeswoman Dash Stolarz said the site has a sophisticated septic system and has not hosted a wedding in two years. In June, the site temporarily halted tours.

If county officials locate suspect systems, they will inform the Los Angeles Water Quality Board. The board could fine homeowners or require them to upgrade their systems at an estimated cost of $30,000.

Board president H. David Nahai said he is optimistic that residents will want to comply with the investigation.

"The very cachet of Malibu and the high property values they enjoy are dependent upon a clean ocean," he said.

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One thing is for sure. This case is full of crap!

I'd say it would be Pamela Anderson, but what will happen is the DNA and stool samples will be kept at room temperature or something else that will let them off easy. The only issue is most of these people are full of crap. I guess the DVD players couldn't hold up to the ever growing pile of crap.
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Now that is funny but yet feel disgusted of reading about fecal matter.[:'(]
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