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SCAQMD is beginning special air monitoring in the Compton area to assess levels of the toxic compound hexavalent chromium near several metal-processing facilities in the community. Efforts will focus on chromium plating and anodizing plants.
Air monitoring results will be analyzed to assess for toxic emissions from chromium plating and anodizing plants. The Compton area has several potential chrome-emitting facilities in the community in close proximity to each other and to schools, homes, other businesses and other sensitive receptors such as hospitals and senior centers.
While the facilities are not known to be emitting high levels of hexavalent chromium, air monitoring using the latest technology will confirm whether or not they could pose a significant health risk to the community. The monitoring is expected to take several months.
Town Hall Meeting - "Special Air Monitoring in the Compton Area"
Town Hall Meeting - "Special Air Monitoring in the Compton Area Update"
On August 2, 2017, the SCAQMD hosted a town hall meeting to provide an update on the special air monitoring effort in the Compton area.
SCAQMD held a Town Hall meeting on June 1, 2017 to launch a special air monitoring initiative in the Compton area.
Health Effects of Hexavalent Chromium Fact Sheet: English (PDF) Spanish (PDF)