The South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) Hearing Board held a public hearing on Thursday, March 16, 2017 to consider potential modifications to the Stipulated Order for Abatement for Aerocraft Heat Treating Company. The Stipulated Order was issued on December 16, 2016 for the purpose of addressing hexavalent chromium emissions in the City of Paramount.
John Carver, the City of Paramount’s Assistant Community Development Director, attended this hearing. During public testimony, he spoke on behalf of Paramount, saying: “The City hopes that the Hearing Board will not make modifications to the Stipulated Order that would weaken enforcement in the future.”
Over the course of the hearing, Aerocraft claimed that the monitors owned and operated by SCAQMD could not reliably collect readings of hexavalent chromium due to the way that they are manufactured. The company additionally requested that the District become more forthcoming in sharing information, including the calculation methodology for evaluating air sample results.
Following this, Aerocraft gave an update on its implementation of the Stipulated Order: since December, the company has taken care of all required housekeeping items, such as keeping doors closed and regularly cleaning floors. Further, they have begun training their employees in correct cleaning and pollution prevention procedures.
As no modifications to the Stipulated Order were fully addressed, the public hearing was continued to Thursday, March 23, 2017. Until then, SCAQMD staff and Aerocraft were tasked with working together to find a solution regarding their disagreement over the air monitors’ readings and calculations. Any and all modifications to the Stipulated Order were scheduled to be discussed and resolved at the March 23 meeting.