LOS ANGELES-he state energy commissioner who has been holdingpublic hearings on a proposed power plant in the Baldwin Hills areasays he will recommend against building the facility.

Commissioner Robert Pernell heard hours of testimony and publiccomments on the proposed project earlier this week. Most of thespeakers were residents who live near the area where the plantwould be built, and nearly all of them were against it.

Though Pernell says community opposition played a factor in hisdecision, he also says he is doubtful that the plant would meetlocal air-quality standards. His recommendation to reject theproposal has been forwarded to the full state Energy Commission,which could vote on the issue as early as tomorrow.

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