Following South Coast Air Quality Management District’s (SCAQMD) suspension of its air quality monitoring efforts in Paramount, the City has released a Request for Proposal (RFP) for contract services related to monitoring levels of hexavalent chromium, an airborne industrial metal that is regulated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
While the search for a vendor proceeds, City staff has arranged for SCAQMD to temporarily resume its monitoring in an industrial area and at one or two school sites through mid-September.
“Although the City is not required to perform this type of monitoring, it is our duty to prioritize the health and safety of our community,” said Mayor Brenda Olmos. “We have made great strides in improving our air quality and appreciate the SCAQMD for agreeing to assist us in transitioning to a long-term approach.”
Paramount initially formed a working relationship with SCAQMD in 2016 when elevated hexavalent chromium levels were discovered in town. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, however, SCAQMD suspended its monitoring services in December 2020.
Stay up-to-date about the RFP and air quality monitoring at ParamountEnvironment.org.