The El Segundo City Council is balking at approving the expansion of the Hyperion sewage treatment plant, insisting that Los Angeles first control odors and noise there.
Citing a "history of bad communication with Los Angeles," Mayor Jack Siadek postponed a council decision this week, continuing a hearing on the issue indefinitely.
Walter Naydo, an assistant engineer with the Los Angeles Department of Public Works, said that to reduce the dumping of sludge in the ocean by 1991, as required under the California Ocean Plan, it is critical that the expansion be approved within 100 days.
Los Angeles is also under a federal court order to upgrade the plant by 1998 so that all waste can be treated twice before it is flushed into the ocean.
The planned expansion would be partly in El Segundo.