California’s Pacific coast is dotted with aging sewage plants and other infrastructure that towns are trying to upgrade. But the need to modernize many of these critical facilities is being delayed by a rethinking of whether the waterfront is the safest place to put them. Last year, the California Coastal Commission, which regulates development along the state’s beaches, challenged the rebuilding permit for the plant. This year, the agency staff recommended the operation be relocated a mile inland for reasons including the threat from a tsunami.
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