Air is essential to life. The quality of the air around us can affect our day-to-day experiences and our relationships: if not well-maintained, overall quality of life seems to deteriorate. Moreover, the environment can also be adversely affected, leading to ecological damage alongside long-term health concerns. Good air quality is fundamental to well-being of both the community and the planet.

The quality of air in Paramount is managed and monitored by the experts at the South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD). For decades, SCAQMD has regulated air quality in Los Angeles County, Orange County, Riverside County, and San Bernardino County. SCAQMD is a regional division of the California Air Resources Board (CARB), which is a part of the California Environmental Protection Agency (CalEPA) in turn. CARB has established state ambient air quality standards for pollutants, compiling this criterion into a State Implementation Plan that outlines how a specific area will attain national ambient air quality standards; SCAQMD is responsible for implementing and enforcing CARB’s plan within its boundaries.

Roughly one quarter of Paramount’s land-use is zoned for industrial purposes; as such, the city and its leaders are tasked with giving special consideration and support to the air quality monitoring within our community. The city is dedicated to supporting the regulatory experts on air quality issues and working closely with them to protect the health and welfare of Paramount residents.

The creation of this information portal represents a single aspect of the city’s overall efforts in regards to responding to and resolving recent air quality developments. As the issue of hexavalent chromium emissions continues to draw significant interest, the city aims to keep the community informed and will update this portal as new information is shared.

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