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Metal processing facilities are facing regulatory scrutiny and air emission controls unlike ever before, in a snowball effect of agency action.
You may have heard about metal processing facilities such as Exide in Vernon. Or Anaplex in Paramount. Fast-forward to 2017, the South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) has made findings of elevated and significant airborne levels of hexavalent chromium (CrVI) in Paramount and Compton. The findings were made by extensive ambient fenceline and community monitoring near metal processing facilities.
Now, some metal processing facilities in the LA area are undergoing Order for Abatement actions to protect public health by SCAQMD, by controlling emissions and odors, and even by shutting down operations, at high capital cost. State and local rules are changing, to accelerate the allowed enforcement use of fenceline monitoring and expedited Orders for Abatement, and to codify stringent CrVI, lead, arsenic, cadmium and nickel air emission controls.
The City of Los Angeles just announced that 21,000 metal processing sites will be prioritized for investigation for possible public health impacts from CrVI sources. These developments have implications in LA, California and beyond.
This webinar discusses:
• The background to SCAQMD’s Community Air Toxics Initiative.
• Update of enforcement activities in Paramount and Compton.
• What is the role public nuisance laws, monitoring, source testing and health risk modeling have in all this?
• SCAQMD rule developments that may impact your operations; 1407, 1420, 1426, 1430 & 1469
• Relevant State legislation and other local actions flowing from the Air Toxics Initiative.
• How to assess your status before SCAQMD visits your facility - what is a “bad” operation and what is “good”
• Options to avoid enforcement action and revised SCAQMD toxics rule requirements, and streamline compliance costs.
• How to proactively reduce emissions, including enclosures, scrubbers, dust collectors, housekeeping and other measures.
The instructors for the webinar are James A. Westbrook, President of BlueScape, and Michael Stewart, Project Manager. Since 1987, BlueScape has managed or completed more than 100 air toxics related projects for metal processing facilities. BlueScape has been working with aerospace companies, metal finishing facilities and foundries on issues related to the Air Toxics Initiative.
BlueScape can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 877-486-9257 for questions, customized training, and support for your air permitting, compliance and HRA projects.