The City of Paramount created the Paramount Environment information Portal in January 2017 after the South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) found elevated levels of hexavalent chromium from two metal-emitting sources within its borders. The website serves as a means to provide consistent information to the public and bring transparency to the environmental matters raised by SCAQMD.
As the issue of hexavalent chromium pertains mainly to air, the website was first centered around air quality, from news stories and official reports to a map of air samplers in town. Additionally, from the beginning, the portal’s scope also offered information on the testing and safety of the City’s water supply.
As of August 2017, the portal has expanded to cover soil. Clean soil is critical to a healthy environment as well as healthy residents; as such, Paramount’s environmental consultant Tetra Tech performed soil and dust sampling with the state Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) and L.A. County Department of Public Health (LACDPH).
The results from the split sampling done with DTSC are now published on the site, as well as a map of the sampling locations, and other relevant reports. The results from the sampling done with LACDPH are still pending, but will be posted as soon as they are made available.
The City continues to work closely with SCAQMD and other regulatory agencies to add information to the portal. The goal of the portal is to offer a complete single-stop source of information for all interested parties and ensure transparency in the City’s efforts to address environmental quality.