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Commerce : Pollution Variance Upheld

August 03, 1989

The Hearing Board of the South Coast Air Quality Management District decided last week that it had properly granted a variance to allow the Commerce refuse-to-energy plant to operate while attempting to meet emissions standards.

The Hearing Board, an independent, quasi-judicial body, rejected a request by the AQMD staff for a new hearing. The variance, which was granted last April, requires Commerce plant officials to give a progress report Oct. 25.

AQMD attorneys argued that the plant could have reduced emissions without serious hardship and should not have been granted a variance.

The California Air Resources Board, which has jurisdiction over the AQMD, is studying the case to determine whether there should be a rehearing.

Commerce plant officials are making $500,000 in improvements to pollution control equipment.

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