The City has engaged in extensive public outreach and developed constructive partnerships with experts to address air quality for the future.
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Both the Carson Tesoro refinery and Paramount’s hexavalent chromium air quality concerns pose environmental challenges, which are respective to their situations and goals.
SCAQMD reviewed a list of 194 business entities that had been assembled from several sources and not all of which were metal-related. Of this number, it was determined that there are 85 metal-related businesses in Paramount. In total, 17 of these businesses require SCAQMD permitting for metal-related work.
In response to recent air quality issues, the City of Paramount requested that SCAQMD conduct a comprehensive HRA due to their expertise. Although SCAQMD thanked the City for their continued support in the hexavalent chromium issue, the District declined to conduct an HRA.
The second meeting of the Air Quality Sub Committee will be on Tuesday, January 31 at 7:00PM at Progress Park Plaza, 15500 Downey Avenue. Materials for this meeting include the Meeting Agenda and two PowerPoint Presentations.
On January 24, the City Council unanimously voted to extend the moratorium on all metal-related businesses within Paramount for an additional six months.
In early January, Paramount residents were invited to apply to serve as participants with the City’s Air Quality Sub Committee. Out of thirteen applicants, three community members were selected: Mauricio Hernandez, Jacklyn Avila, and Guillermo Parga.
The Paramount City Council has sent a letter to the South Coast Air Quality Management District urging that SCAQMD adopt Rule 1430 related to metal grinding.
Thirteen members of the Paramount community applied to join the Air Quality Sub Committee. In the following weeks, each applicant will undergo the interview process with the current committee members and participants.
As part of the ongoing collaborative effort between SCAQMD and the City of Paramount, the Paramount City Council voted 5-0 on January 10 to allocate $50,000 to purchase approximately ten air monitoring devices.