Community Air Toxics Initiative

As a result of lessons learned during SCAQMD’s investigation into air monitoring for sources of toxic metal emissions in Paramount and other areas, staff is implementing a Community Air Toxics Initiative to investigate, identify and remediate any additional sources across our four-county region that may emit high levels of toxic air contaminants.

The following links contains detailed information on air monitoring, enforcement and community outreach efforts.

  • Compton - air monitoring in the Compton area will launch this initiative. Efforts here will initially focus on chromium plating and anodizing plants.
  • Paramount - the SCAQMD received a series of metallic odor complaints from community members. In response, staff began conducting investigations into local sources of emissions.

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Visit the Past Meetings & Events page for information on Town Hall meetings on the Air Toxics Investigation in the City of Paramount.

Background

There are hundreds of metal-processing facilities in SCAQMD’s jurisdiction. SCAQMD will focus on the facilities with the highest potential to emit the toxic metal hexavalent chromium.

Under the toxics initiative, SCAQMD will systematically identify and prioritize high-risk facilities, then use the latest air monitoring technology to confirm specific sources causing high emissions. If identified, SCAQMD will seek Orders for Abatement from the independent SCAQMD Hearing Board to require these facilities to reduce their emissions to a level that does not pose an immediate threat to public health.

SCAQMD will expand its special air monitoring and investigation activities this spring to cities with metal-processing facilities with the potential to emit hexavalent chromium and are in close proximity to residences.

Related Information:

Paramount - Ongoing Air Monitoring Activities"Action Plan for High-Risk Emitters of Toxic Air Contaminants" (PDF) - Presentation to SCAQMD Governing Board, April 7, 2017 meeting

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