Local News in Brief : Holding the Odor Line

After receiving assurances from the City of Los Angeles that foul odors from the Hyperion Sewage Treatment plant will be controlled, the El Segundo City Council has approved plans for the facility's expansion.

By a 3-2 vote, council members agreed Tuesday night to give Los Angeles the permit it needs to build a new sedimentation tank at the plant. Los Angeles needed the approval because 6% of the tank will be in El Segundo. The expansion project, scheduled to begin in May, will increase by 25% the primary treatment capacity of the facility.

Last November, the council turned down the request after residents complained of foul odors from the plant. Los Angeles officials subsequently agreed to speed up work schedules for odor-control jobs.

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