At the end of 2016, the City of Paramount imposed a moratorium that prevents new metal-related businesses from opening in town and prohibits modifications to existing businesses. The exception to this rule allows existing facilities to implement new technology to address air quality and comply with requirements set by the South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD).
The City has worked with Mattco Forge and Press Forge to approve Conditional Use Permits (CUPs) for the construction of total enclosures as required by the SCAQMD Rule 1430. The CUP for Mattco was approved by the Planning Commission in December 2017 and the building plans are in various stages of the approval process. Similarly, the CUP for Press Forge was approved in April 2017. The facility has been ordering the necessary equipment for construction and hopes to start building in January 2018.
In July 2017, the SCAQMD Hearing Board issued a Stipulated Order for Abatement to Carlton Forge Works, requiring the facility to pursue actions to further reduce the potential for odors. Like Mattco and Press Forge, Carlton Forge Works has cooperated with the City in order to receive permission to begin implementing specific measures to control these odors. The facility is in the process of installing filters and underwent several inspections in December 2017.
Carlton Forge Works has completed construction of the odor control project as of early January 2018. The City will continue to closely monitor the three businesses’ progress toward reducing air emissions.