Paramount - Ongoing Air Monitoring Activities

Updated February 23, 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
 

New Schedule for Conference Call Updates NEW
After receiving significant input from members of the community, the weekly informational conference call on the air quality investigation in Paramount will be moved to the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month at 6:30 p.m.  The next conference call will take place on Tuesday, February 28, 2017.  For more information, please click here for English (PDF, 161KB) or Spanish (PDF, 161KB). 

Aerocraft in Paramount Temporarily Suspends Hexavalent Chromium-Related Operations  

February 14, 2017 - Aerocraft Heat Treating Co., Inc. – a metal-finishing facility in Paramount -- has been ordered to shut down all metal processing equipment and operations with the potential to emit the toxic compound hexavalent chromium.  For more information, please click here.

Aerocraft en Paramount Temporalmente Suspende Operaciones que Producen Cromo Hevalente
14 de febrero del 2017 - Aerocraft Heat Treating Company., Inc. una instalación de acabado de metales en Paramount, se le ha dado una orden para que hoy a la media noche cese operaciones de todo equipo o procesos que el potencial de emitir el toxico cromo hexavalente. Para obtener más información, haga clic aquí.

Anaplex in Paramount Temporarily Suspends Operations 
On Friday, February 3, 2017, Anaplex Corp. 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.  

Aerocraft in Paramount Temporarily Suspends Operations
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


After receiving significant input from members of the community, the weekly informational conference call on the air quality investigation in Paramount will be moved to the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month at 6:30 p.m.  The next conference call will take place on Tuesday, February 28, 2017.  For more information, please click here for English (PDF, 161KB) or Spanish (PDF, 161KB).
 
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, February 14, 2017 (English)
Tuesday, February 7, 2017 (English)
Tuesday, February 7, 2017 (Spanish)
Tuesday, January 31, 2017 (English) 
Tuesday, January 31, 2017 (Spanish)
Tuesday, January 24, 2017 (English) 
Tuesday, January 24, 2017 (Spanish)
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 February 12, 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 - February 22, 2017 (PDF, 192kb) 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 – February 22, 2017 (PDF, 218kb) 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 Hexavalent Chromium Data at Paramount Schools - February 22, 2017 NEW
This report provides a summary of air sampling results at the Paramount schools. As additional data from school-based sampling become available, this report will be updated to include those results.
Assessment of Hexavalent Chromium Data at Paramount Schools - February 22, 2017 (PDF, 252kb)

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. 
 
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, 10 and 11, 2017 for the case related to 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.    
 
Amendment to the Findings and Decision Relative to Aerocraft Heat Treating, Co., Inc. – January 20, 2017 (PDF, 931kb)
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)
 
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Compliance, Sampling Reports, and Other Efforts  NEW

The following are documents related to compliance activities in the city of Paramount related to the ongoing monitoring efforts, and investigation of sources of hexavalent chromium. 




NOTICE OF VIOLATION #

ISSUE
DATE

VIOLATION
DATE

FACILITY
NAME

 DESCRIPTON OF VIOLATION

RULES VIOLATED

NOV #P63712 
(PDF, 2.1 mb)

11/5/2016

11/3/2016

PRO CAST INDUSTRIES

Operating crucible without a permit to operate.

-SCAQMD Rule 203 (a)

NOV #P64519
(PDF, 1 mb)
 11/29/2016  7/2/2013  ANAPLEX CORP Discharging from Anaplex Corp air contaminants, specifically hexavalent chromium, a known human carcinogen, which endanger the health of the public. Operating sparging and pickling tanks contrary to permit conditions. Installing or altering equipment which emits air contaminants without prior written authorization from SCAQMD.  Air sparging a chromic acid anodizing tank when electroplating is not occurring.   -California Health & Safety Code § 41700
- SCAQMD Rule 402
-SCAQMD Rule 201
-SCAQMD Rule 203 (a) & (b)
-SCAQMD Rule 1469 (c)(3)

NOV #P64520 
(PDF, 1.2 mb)

12/1/2016

10/27/2016

AEROCRAFT HEAT TREATING CO INC

Discharging from Aerocraft Heat Treating Co Inc air contaminants, specifically hexavalent chromium, a known human carcinogen, which endanger the health of the public.

-California Health & Safety Code § 41700
-SCAQMD Rule 402

NOV #P52998 
(PDF, 570 kb)

12/9/2016

12/8/2016

CARLTON FORGE WORKS

Discharging such quantities of air contaminants which caused nuisance to a considerable number of persons or to the public.

-California Health & Safety Code § 41700
-SCAQMD Rule 402

NOV #P64521 
(PDF, 408 kb)

12/9/2016

12/7/2016

ANAPLEX CORP

Failure to comply with permit conditions.  Failure to maintain daily operating records on site (click here for additional detail).

-SCAQMD Rule 203 (b)
-SCAQMD Rule 109

NOV #P63713 
(PDF, 1.3 mb)

12/12/2016

11/3/2016

PRO CAST INDUSTRIES

Operating a wax burnout kiln without a permit to operate. Failure to demonstrate compliance with the applicable emission limit in Table 1 of Rule 1147 by the compliance date.

-SCAQMD Rule 203 (a)
-SCAQMD Rule 1147

NOV #P63714 
(PDF, 728 kb)

12/12/2016

11/21/2016

GOLDEN STATE ENG., INC.

Operating equipment without a valid permit to operate.

-SCAQMD Rule 203 (a)

NOV #P63160
(PDF, 479 kb)

1/6/2017

11/3/2014

AEROCRAFT HEAT TREATING CO INC

1) Operating A Cooling Tower With Circulation Water Exceeding 0.15 mg/L Hexavalent Chromium And Not Testing Every Six Months; 2) Operating A Cooling Tower Used For Evaporative Cooling Of Process Water Containing Chromium Without A SCAQMD Permit.

-SCAQMD Rule 203 (a) 
-SCAQMD Rule 1404

NOV #P52999
(PDF, 66 kb)

1/20/2017

1/13/2017

CARLTON FORGE WORKS

Discharging such quantities of air contaminants which caused nuisance to a considerable number of persons or to the public.

-California Health & Safety Code § 41700
-SCAQMD Rule 402

NOV #P65202
(PDF, 1.2 mb)

1/27/2017

1/24/2017

CARLTON FORGE WORKS

Discharging such quantities of air contaminants which caused nuisance to a considerable number of persons or to the public.

-California Health & Safety Code § 41700
-SCAQMD Rule 402

NOV #P65203
(PDF, 1.1 mb)

1/27/2017

1/26/2017

CARLTON FORGE WORKS

Discharging such quantities of air contaminants which caused nuisance to a considerable number of persons or to the public.

-California Health & Safety Code § 41700
-SCAQMD Rule 402

NOV #P65204
(PDF, 571 kb)

2/3/2017

2/2/2017

CARLTON FORGE WORKS

Discharging such quantities of air contaminants which caused nuisance to a considerable number of persons or to the public.

-California Health & Safety Code § 41700
-SCAQMD Rule 402

NOV
#P63758 

(PDF, 581 kb)
 2/9/2017  2/9/2017  CARLTON FORGE WORKS Discharging such quantities of air contaminants which caused nuisance to a considerable number of persons or to the public. -California Health & Safety Code § 41700
-SCAQMD Rule 402
 NOV #P63759
(PDF, 704 kb
2/10/2017   2/7/2017 CARLTON FORGE WORKS   Discharging such quantities of air contaminants which caused nuisance to a considerable number of persons or to the public.  -California Health & Safety Code § 41700
-SCAQMD Rule 402

 
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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