The City of Paramount recently applied to join a program that would position the community to receive state funding for a community air monitoring campaign and community emission reduction program.
In August 2017, Governor Jerry Brown signed Assembly Bill 617 calling for local air districts to reduce air pollution and toxic air contaminants from commercial and industrial sources in disadvantaged communities. Locally, that body is South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD).
The City has already worked extensively with SCAQMD to improve air quality in Paramount. Now, the City seeks to expand the partnership by joining SCAQMD’s AB 617 Community Steering Committee.
Consisting of members from various local agencies, the Committee is charged with agreeing upon viable methods for reducing and eliminating emissions from stationary, rail, and diesel truck sources. As a Committee member, the City would also forge an inclusive, comprehensive educational effort with the Paramount Unified School District.
The City will release an update once application results are announced for 2019. For more information on AB 617 Community Air Initiatives, visit South Coast AQMD’s website.