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City Sues L.A. Over Sewage Plant Expansion

El Segundo officials are taking the city of Los Angeles to court over its plan to overhaul and expand the huge Hyperion sewage treatment plant in Playa del Rey.

In a suit filed in Los Angeles Superior Court, El Segundo seeks to block the project until Los Angeles gauges how the expanded plant will affect nearby residents. Attorneys for El Segundo, which borders the plant, say air pollution is the city’s chief concern.

“This is to force Los Angeles to prepare an adequate environmental impact report,” said Rufus Young, one of the attorneys. “You can’t look at it now and determine what the air emissions from that plant are going to be.”

Christopher Westhoff, an assistant Los Angeles city attorney, said the existing environmental impact report on the project is adequate. “I think the court will agree,” he said.

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