South Coast AQMD Inspector Honored with Award for Outstanding Performance

Every year the California Air Pollution Control Officers Association (CAPCOA) recognizes outstanding inspectors throughout the state with the Rodney Swartzendruber Outstanding Inspector Awards. The award recognizes individual inspectors who have performed outstandingly and/or made significant contributions that have benefited air pollution control efforts in an exemplary way. This year South Coast AQMD Air Quality Inspector George Lamont was the recipient of an award.

Inspector Lamont joined South Coast AQMD in 2016, and after completing basic training, was assigned to the Office of Compliance and Enforcement’s Refinery Team. He worked hard to quickly come up to speed on the numerous, complex rules and regulations governing these massive facilities. His prior experience with refinery operations immediately made him an invaluable asset to his colleagues. In fact, he has developed multiple new practices that have been adopted by other refinery inspectors and have improved the overall efficiency and effectiveness of the team.

Inspector Lamont has developed a reputation for his attention to detail, thoroughness, fairness, and ability solve difficult problems. He has repeatedly demonstrated his ability to successfully deal with the public and to build consensus with other public agencies for joint operations. Consistent with his reputation as a problem solver, he has also gone above and beyond by volunteering for special projects, such as the ongoing coastal odor investigation that has led to the issuance of Notices of Violation to multiple crude oil tankers for fugitive emissions. His respectful manner and team-oriented approach encourages his colleagues to feel a part of South Coast AQMD’s mission and to take pride in the operational successes of the agency’s enforcement program.

CAPCOA’s award program was created in honor of Rodney Swartzendruber, a San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District inspector who was killed in an automobile accident while on duty.

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