Long Beach

The Harbor Commission has approved construction of a $66-million waste-to-energy plant on Terminal Island despite a request by Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., for a 10-week delay in issuing a permit.

Toyota representatives said they thought the city-run plant's emissions would damage the paint of autos in its nearby storage yard and that the environmental effect of the plant had not been fully studied.

City and port planners said, however, that environmental studies indicate there will be no significant emission problems and that if any occur the city is legally obliged to correct them.

Harbor commissioners noted that Toyota, though formally notified of the proposed plant in 1983, had not objected to it until last week.

The plant has received state and City Council approval and is scheduled to be built by 1988.

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