Enviro groups urge scrutiny of downtown LA stadium

Environmental groups are calling on California lawmakers to reject any efforts to build a football stadium in downtown Los Angeles without a full environmental review.

The organizations told legislators Tuesday there is no justifiable reason to grant Staples Center owner AEG an exemption from state environmental laws to build a football venue nearby.

The coalition of 44 groups include the Planning and Conservation League, Sierra Club California and Natural Resources Defense Council.

Planning and Conservation legislative director Tina Andolina says she's heard from legislative staffers that an environmental exemption for AEG has been discussed.

AEG spokesman Michael Roth says he cannot comment on specific actions his company is taking to advance a stadium plan.

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