The South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) will meet on Friday, February 3, 2017 to confirm the date for the Board Hearing of Proposed Rule 1430 for Control of Emissions from Metal Grinding Operations at Metal Forging Facilities.
The proposed rule aims to prohibit open-air grinding, reducing the metal particulates that are put into the air by this process and moving grinding operations indoors so that the particulates could be captured and filtered. Further, the rule implements more stringent regulations and housekeeping requirements for grinding that is conducted indoors. Metal grinding and cutting operations must be conducted in total enclosures; if the facility is within 500 feet of a sensitive receptor (residences, schools, daycares, or healthcare facilities) or within 1,000 feet of a school (including early head start schools, head start schools, and preschools), total enclosures must have negative air flow, or a ventilation system that removes more air from a room than is let in.
In preparation for this meeting, SCAQMD has posted new documents to their website. New documents available include:
- Draft Proposed Rule Language (2/1/2017)
- Draft Staff Report (2/1/2017)
- Draft Socioeconomic Assessment (2/1/2017)