In response to some concerns about BNSF's $500 million Southern California International Gateway project in Los Angeles, BNSF spokeswoman Lena Kent said, "We have worked hard over the past seven years to listen to the stakeholders and neighbors and we have developed a project we're very proud of." Kent noted that the air quality would improve and reduce health risks of those near to the site. "Los Angeles County needs this project with its 1,500 construction jobs and 22,000 direct and indirect jobs by 2026," according to David Fleming, founding chairman of the Los Angeles County Business Federation. The project is scheduled to be a topic of discussion among city officials on Wednesday.
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