Seeing yellow smoke coming from a Marina power plant? They’ve got a permit for that, authorities said

The AES power plant near Long Beach’s Marina area is firing up its generators, causing yellow smoke to be emitted from its smoke stacks, fire officials said.

Long Beach Fire Department spokesman Brian Fisk said the natural gas power plant, at 690 N. Studebaker Rd, received a permit from South Coast Air Quality Management District to fire up new generators and also conducted community outreach in advance, even though fire officials have continued to receive reports by locals on Sunday.

Plant officials said it is normal for yellow smoke to be emitted, it’s a regular product of combustion, when firing up generators.

The procedure began Oct. 3 and is expected to continue until Oct. 13.

Editor’s Note: A previous version of this story incorrectly identified the source of the smoke as the Haynes Generating Station operated by the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, per fire officials. 

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Stephanie Rivera is the immigration and diversity reporter for the Long Beach Post. Growing up as one of six kids in the working-class immigrant suburb of South Gate, she was taught the importance of civic engagement and to show compassion for others. After graduating from CSULB with a degree in journalism, Stephanie worked for Patch Latino and City News Service before coming to the Long Beach Post in 2015. An avid Harry Potter fan, Stephanie now lives in Bixby Knolls with her boyfriend and their bearded dragon, Austin.
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