In regards to Aerocraft, the company and SCAQMD agreed to an administrative order, known as an Order for Abatement, that was adopted by the independent SCAQMD Hearing Board on Dec. 16. The enforceable order requires Aerocraft to immediately take 22 actions to reduce chromium 6 emissions. In addition, if SCAQMD air monitors detect an outdoor level of hexavalent chromium above 1.0 nanograms per cubic meter, as determined by three samples, the company must shut down all equipment that could emit the cancer-causing compound.
In regards to Anaplex, the company declined to enter into an immediately enforceable administrative order. As a result, SCAQMD sought a court order to require them to immediately comply with the same conditions as those required of Aerocraft in order to protect the health of Paramount residents. The Court ruled against SCAQMD. However, SCAQMD will return to the Independent Hearing Board on January 5, 2017 in attempt to force Anaplex into compliance.
Update 9/14/17: Both Aerocraft and Anaplex have agreed to stipulated Orders for Abatement as of December 16, 2016 and January 11, 2017, respectively. The two abatement orders are currently in effect, with both parties having returned before the SCAQMD Hearing Board to update the agency and the public on the orders’ effectiveness.
The abatement orders for both companies are very similar: each facility was required to immediately take a number of actions to reduce their hexavalent chromium levels. Further, if SCAQMD air monitors near either company detected an average level of hexavalent chromium above 1.0 nanograms per cubic meter (ng/m3) over the course of three samples, the company in question was to be placed in curtailment and shut down all equipment that could emit the carcinogen.
Since January 2017, Aerocraft has been placed into curtailment a total of four times with the last time being March 17, 2017. Anaplex has been placed into curtailment twice with the last time being July 23.
Additionally, SCAQMD issued a stipulated Order for Abatement to Lubeco Inc. (6859 Downey Avenue) in north Long Beach on August 24, 2017, after finding elevated levels of hexavalent chromium being emitted from the facility. The abatement order is comparable to those of Aerocraft and Anaplex.