BNSF, a freight-railroad company, has received approval in an 11 to 2 vote from the Los Angeles City Council to build and operate the $500 million Southern California International Gateway project that would expand its footprint near the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles. The Council also certified the company's environmental analysis. Supporters of the plan, including business and labor groups, say the project will create jobs and reduce pollution, while opponents, including environmental groups, say the railyard will actually increase pollution

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