In an effort to be proactive regarding issues of community health, the City of Paramount and the California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) recently agreed-upon a soil and dust sampling plan for Village Skate Park, located to the west of Carlton Forge Works.
The City’s environmental consultant, Tetra Tech, and DTSC each took the samples using DTSC-approved procedures throughout the park on Thursday, March 2, 2017 at 7:30AM. The specific testing locations were also reviewed and approved by DTSC before the efforts began.
Both sets of samples–taken by Tetra Tech and by DTSC–will be sent to two different state-certified laboratories for analysis. A final report, with the results of the sampling, is expected to be available in four to six weeks. At that point, the two entities will compare and analyze their results, then report their findings and conclusions to the City and the State.
This type of independent testing arrangement is similar to the one conducted by the City in December when testing the water supply for hexavalent chromium.
Paramount remains committed to transparency and collaboration with all regulating agencies in order to protect the community’s health and safety. Tetra Tech will deliver a detailed presentation on the DTSC testing plan at the next Air Quality Sub Committee meeting.