Paramount - Ongoing Air Monitoring Activities

Updated January 20, 2017

In 2013, the South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) received a series of metallic odor complaints from local community members in the Paramount neighborhood. In response to these complaints, the SCAQMD staff began conducting an investigation into local sources of emissions, including initiating a local air sampling study. The purpose of these activities was to determine the source of emissions and potential air pollution control strategies. Ambient monitoring of toxic metal emissions began in 2013 and has continued at two sites on Vermont Avenue and California Avenue. Based on the monitoring results, there were two metals of concern: nickel and hexavalent chromium.

In 2014 and 2015, SCAQMD worked with Carlton Forge Works to reduce metal particulate emissions from their grinding operation. Carlton Forge Works implemented a number of voluntary measures that substantially reduced nickel levels. Since these measures did not reduce hexavalent chromium levels, the SCAQMD needed additional data to understand the source of these emissions. In October 2016, as part of its ongoing investigation to identify and address sources of hexavalent chromium that may be impacting the nearby communities, SCAQMD staff deployed several monitors in the mostly industrial areas of the City of Paramount. Initial results showed elevated levels of hexavalent chromium upwind of Carlton Forge Works. The results of monitoring efforts, Town Hall Meetings, air monitoring and public health reports, and other related information is provided below.

Please contact us at 1-800-CUT-SMOG or file a complaint online, if you have information that can assist us in the investigation of sources of hexavalent chromium in the area. If desired, the information can be provided anonymously. Please click on any link below for additional information on the following SCAQMD efforts:


Recent and Upcoming Activities

    Order for Abatement Hearing for Anaplex Corporation

    On January 11, 2017, the Hearing Board approved a Stipulated Order for Abatement for Anaplex Corp. to immediately control its emissions of hexavalent chromium.  Click here for the Stipulated Order for Abatement.  NEW
     
    On January 19, 2017, Aerocraft Heat Treating Co., Inc. was required to temporarily shut down all operations emitting hexavalent chromium to comply with the Order for Abatement designed to protect public health.  For more information, please click here.  

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Weekly Informational Conference Calls


The weekly informational calls are being held on Tuesday evenings at 6:30 p.m.  For information about the Weekly Conference Call click here.

The SCAQMD is holding a weekly informational conference call in English and Spanish to provide updates on the ongoing air monitoring and actions related to the Hexavalent Chromium issue in Paramount. The conference calls will be held on Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m.

Conference Call Information for Paramount in English (PDF, 202kb)
Conference Call Information for Paramount in Spanish (PDF, 157 kb)
 
Individuals can call in via a toll-free phone number to listen in English or Spanish to the informational update, and can submit questions via e-mail as the conference call is being conducted. Questions can be submitted via email to
publicadvisor@aqmd.gov and will be answered in the order that they are received.

When
: Tuesdays from 6:30 p.m.*

English:

Toll Free Call-In #: 866-244-8528
Listen Only Passcode: 4063768

Spanish:

Toll Free Call-In #: 888-394-8197
Listen Only Passcode: 9891238 

If you have any questions regarding the informational conference calls or other issues, please contact the Public Advisor at 909-396-2432 or by email at publicadvisor@aqmd.gov.

* The conference call will end after the completion of the update and after all questions are answered.

Below are .mp3 recordings of past weekly informational conference calls:
Tuesday, January 17, 2017 (English)
Tuesday, January 17, 2017 (Spanish)
Tuesday, January 10, 2017 (English)
Tuesday, January 10, 2017 (Spanish)
Tuesday, January 3, 2017 (English)
Tuesday, January 3, 2017 (Spanish)
Tuesday, December 20, 2016 (English)
Tuesday, December 20, 2016 (Spanish)
Tuesday, December 13, 2016 (English)
Tuesday, December 13, 2016 (Spanish)
Tuesday, December 6, 2016 (English)
Tuesday, November 29, 2016 (English)
Tuesday, November 22, 2016 (English)

 


Air Monitoring Results in Paramount

The following links are air monitoring results for the city of Paramount. “Air Monitoring Results for Expanded Monitoring Data” includes results for hexavalent chromium at monitoring sites in locations in the city of Paramount. A map showing the location of each of the monitoring sites is also provided below. “Air Monitoring Results for Schools” provides result for hexavalent chromium at various schools in Paramount.  Monitoring results for Site 2 and Site 3 include results for multiple metal air toxics;
(Updated January 20, 2017)

Map of Monitors (December 1, 2016)

Air Monitoring Results for Expanded Monitoring Data
Hexavalent chromium air monitoring results and a map identifying the monitoring sites in the city of Paramount for the expanded air monitoring effort for hexavalent chromium that began on October 15, 2016.
Expanded Monitoring Data and Map - January 20, 2017 (PDF, 134kb) NEW
 

Air Monitoring Results for Schools
SCAQMD is working with the California Air Resources Board to conduct air monitoring at schools in the city of Paramount.  Results for hexavalent chromium air monitoring results and map identifying the schools in the city of Paramount is provided in the link below.
Air Monitoring Results for Schools – January 20, 2017 (PDF, 286k) NEW

Air Monitoring Results for Site #2
Multi-metals air monitoring results for Site #2 on Vermont Avenue that began in 2013.
Site 2 Ambient Concentration Data - August, 2013 - September 2016 (PDF, 116kb)

Air Monitoring Results for Site #3
Multi-metals air monitoring results for Site #3 on California Avenue that began in 2013.
Site 3 Ambient Concentration Data - November 2013 - September 2016 (PDF, 95kb)

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Reports and Assessments of Air Monitoring Data


Assessment of Initial Data from Expanded Monitoring - November 4, 2016

This Assessment provides additional background information on the SCAQMD's expanded monitoring efforts in Paramount beginning October 2016. The report includes initial sampling results from October 15 to November 2, 2016.
Assessment of Initial Data from Expanded Monitoring of Hexavalent Chromium in Paramount - November 4, 2016 (PDF, 885kb)

Report on Updated Air Monitoring in Paramount Community and Preliminary Assessment of Health Impacts - August 10, 2016
Provides a summary of air sampling results and preliminary estimates of health risks based on long-term monitoring data in the community at Sites #2 and #3. Also provides a summary of SCAQMD rule development activities to address emissions from grinding operations at metal forging facilities.
Report on Updated Air Monitoring and Preliminary Assessment of Health Impacts - August 10, 2016 (PDF,498kb)

Air Monitoring at Carlton Forge Works - December 2014
Provides a summary of air sampling, material sampling, and SCAQMD actions and Carlton Forge Works voluntary actions. Includes air sampling results from August 2013 to December 2014.
Air Monitoring at Carlton Forge Works - December 2014 (PDF, 685kb)

Air Monitoring at Carlton Forge Works - January 2014
Provides a summary of air sampling, material sampling, and SCAQMD actions and Carlton Forge Works voluntary actions. Includes air sampling results from August 2013 to December 2013.
Air Monitoring at Carlton Forge Works - January 23, 2014 (PDF, 429kb)

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Town Hall Meetings


The South Coast Air Quality Management District is holding a series of public meetings per the request of community members to provide frequent updates on the on-going air quality investigation in the city of Paramount.
Summary of Investigation Activities - December 2016 (PDF, 244kb)
 
December 12, 2016 Town Hall Meeting
A Town Hall Meeting was held for December 12, 2016, to provide information on the investigation of sources contributing to high levels of hexavalent chromium and update on air monitoring efforts. Further, at the request of community members, this meeting included training for the public on how to actively participate in the upcoming Hearing Board proceedings to seek an Order for Abatement of companies alleged to emitting toxic air contaminants.
Town Hall Meeting Agenda (English) (PDF, 205kb) 
Town Hall Meeting Agenda (Spanish) (PDF, 76kb)
Town Hall Presentation in English - December 12, 2016  (PDF, 2mb)
Town Hall Presentation in Spanish - December 12, 2016 (PDF, 1mb)
Compliance Slides for Town Hall Presentation in English - December 12, 2016 (PDF, 423kb)
Compliance Slides for Town Hall Presentation in Spanish - December 12, 2016 (PDF, 424kb)
 
November 9, 2016 Town Hall Meeting
On Wednesday, November 9, 2016, the SCAQMD held a Town Hall Meeting to communicate to the public initial results of air monitoring in an industrial portion of Paramount that showed elevated levels of hexavalent chromium. The SCAQMD staff discussed next steps and an opportunity for public comment, questions, and answers. The SCAQMD committed to return to the city of Paramount in about a month.
Presentation (PDF, 3Mb ) Presentation in Spanish (PDF, 3mb)
Health Effects of Hexavalent Chromium in English  - November 9, 2016 (PDF, 77kb)
Health Effects of Hexavalent Chromium in Spanish - November 9, 2016 (PDF, 74kb)

August 16, 2016 Town Hall Meeting
On Tuesday, August 16, 2016, the SCAQMD held a Town Hall Meeting to provide an update on air quality in the city of Paramount. In addition to providing information on local air quality issues, the meeting featured opportunities for public comment, questions and answers.
Presentation (PDF, 1Mb)

January 23, 2014 Town Hall Meeting
Presentation (PDF, 828kb)

For more information, please contact:
SCAQMD Public Advisor
at 909-396-2432 or by email at publicadvisor@aqmd.gov

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Hearing Board Proceedings


On November 29, 2016, SCAQMD filed a petition for an administrative order, known as an Order for Abatement, against Anaplex Corp. and Aerocraft Heat Treating Co., Inc. both located in Paramount. The petition was filed with the independent
SCAQMD Hearing Board. (Link to: http://www.aqmd.gov/home/about/hearing-board). Click on the link below for a copy of the Petition for Order for Abatement.

Case No. 6066-1. Petition for Order for Abatement - November 29, 2016 (PDF, 2Mb)
SCAQMD v. Aerocraft Heat Treating Co., Inc. [Facility ID No. 23752]; Anaplex Corporation [Facility ID No. 16951]; and DOES 1-100.

On December 14, 2016, the Hearing Board held proceedings related to an Order for Abatement petition filed by SCAQMD to require Anaplex Corp. and Aerocraft Heat Treating Co. Inc., to take actions to reduce their emissions of hexavalent chromium. On December 16, a Stipulated Order for Abatement was agreed upon by the Hearing Board, SCAQMD and Aerocraft Heat Treating Co. Inc., and is provided below. The Hearing Board convened on January 5, 2017 at 9:00 a.m. for the case related to Anaplex Corporation.  The hearing for Anaplex Corporation will be continued on January 10, 2017, at 9:00 a.m. at the SCAQMD Headquarters in the Hearing Board Room.  

Stipulated Order for Abatement Aerocraft Heat Treating Co. Inc. - December 21, 2016 (PDF, 371kb)
Stipulated Order for Abatement Anaplex Corp. - January 11, 2017 (PDF, 2Mb)

A video about the SCAQMD's Hearing Board and Fact Sheet related to the SCAQMD's Order for Abatement for Aerocraft Heat Treating Co. Inc.; Anaplex Corporation; and possible other companies, click on the links below.
 
(English)   https://youtu.be/LQ6tL8t2TUM
(Spanish)  https://youtu.be/3YBSYu0ZNxI

Fact Sheet Related to Facilities in Paramount in English  - December 7, 2016 (PDF, 142kb)
Fact Sheet Related to Facilities in Paramount in Spanish - December 7, 2016 (PDF, 144kb)

Status Update on Aerocraft and Anaplex – December 28, 2016  (PDF, 354kb) NEW
 

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Compliance, Sampling Reports, and Other Efforts

The following are documents related to compliance activities in the city of Paramount related to the on-going monitoring efforts, and investigation of sources of hexavalent chromium. 
Notice of Violation issued to Aerocraft Heat Treating - December 1, 2016 (PDF, 1339kb)
Notice of Violation issued to Anaplex Corporation - November 29, 2016 (PDF, 323kb)
Notice of Violation Addendum issued to Anaplex Corporation - December 1, 2016 (PDF, 203kb)
Notice of Violation issued to Procast Industries Corporation
- November 5, 2016 (PDF, 72kb)

Air Quality Testing
SCAQMD collected samples inside the Anaplex and Aerocraft facilities to identify the specific equipment or processes within the facility that could be the sources of hexavalent chromium emissions that could explain the elevated levels seen at the ambient monitors.  Once the sources of emissions have been identified, SCAQMD can guide the facility to then reduce the emissions from those possible sources.  Several possible sources were identified from the two facilities that showed elevated levels of hexavalent chromium.  Further details on the sampling are included in SCAQMD Source Tests 16-333 and 16-334 respectively in the following links. 
Screening Source Test Report for Aerocraft - December 9, 2016 (PDF, 6Mb)
Screening Source Test Report for Anaplex - December 9, 2016 (PDF, 11Mb)

Agency Coordination

Los Angeles County Department of Public Health
Public Health Directive to Anaplex Corporation, December 1, 2016
Public Health Directive to Aerocraft Heat Treating Company, Inc., December 1, 2016
 
Other Efforts
List of Facilities with Metal-Related Operations in the City of Paramount, Received from the City of Paramount - November 28, 2016 (PDF, 157kb)
 
Rule 1402 Implementation of AB2588 Toxics Hot Spots Program
The following letters are notifications that the SCAQMD may designate a Potentially High Risk Facility pursuant to Rule 1402 – Control of Toxic Air Contaminants from Existing Sources:
Letter from SCAQMD to Aerocraft Heat Treating Company, Inc. - December 14, 2016 (PDF, 899kb)
Letter from SCAQMD to Anaplex Corporation - December 14, 2016 (PDF, 893kb)
Letter from SCAQMD to Anaplex Corporation - November 18, 2016 (PDF, 184kb)
Letter from SCAQMD to Aerocraft Heat Treating Company, Inc. - November 18, 2016 (PDF, 320kb)

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Other Related Activities and Information

Information Regarding Emissions from Carlton Forge Works

SCAQMD's AB2588 Program

http://www.aqmd.gov/home/regulations/compliance/toxic-hot-spots-ab-2588

Proposed Rule 1430

http://www.aqmd.gov/home/regulations/rules/proposed-rules#1430

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