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Council OKs Broadening Overhaul of Sewage Plant

January 23, 1991

Plans to broaden the scope of a project to overhaul the huge Hyperion sewage treatment plant won approval of the Los Angeles City Council on Tuesday despite strong objections from El Segundo city leaders.

By a 13-0 vote, the council approved plans to make Los Angeles' Playa del Rey plant capable of providing intensified treatment for 450 million gallons of sewage a day.

The decision was made over the objections of all five El Segundo City Council members, who said Los Angeles had failed to gauge how air pollution from expanded Hyperion facilities might affect nearby residents. Joined by Encino and Westwood homeowners, the El Segundo leaders also said the project would create more sewage treatment capacity than necessary, stimulating population growth and overcrowding. El Segundo's mayor said it is likely that his city will fight the project in court.

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