Stench of carcasses and spoiled meat has long plagued Southeast L.A. Here’s how that’ll change

[Source: Los Angeles Times] After years of enduring the stench of spoiled meat and decaying carcasses from nearby rendering plants, residents of southeast Los Angeles County could finally see some relief under new rules approved Friday. Air quality regulators adopted long-delayed measures aimed at reducing odors from Vernon-area rendering plants, which they say can drift Read More…

L.A. Supervisor Kuehl appointed to air quality board, ending GOP control of smog rules

[Source: Los Angeles Times] The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors appointed liberal Democrat Sheila Kuehl to replace conservative Republican Michael D. Antonovich on Southern California’s air quality board Tuesday, ending GOP control over the panel and potentially shifting it back toward stricter regulation of polluters. Kuehl’s appointment comes 10 months after Republicans gained a seven-member majority on Read More…

Air quality agency aims to stop metal plants accused of polluting Paramount

[Source: The San Diego Union] Air quality officials are taking enforcement action against two metal-processing plants they believe are contributing to alarming levels of cancer-causing hexavalent chromium discovered recently in Paramount. The South Coast Air Quality Management District filed for an administrative order Tuesday against Aerocraft Heat Treating Co. and Anaplex Corp. to force them Read More…

State’s environmental program helps raise $64.5 million for housing in LA

[Source: Los Angeles Daily News] Several Los Angeles-based affordable housing complexes, including Watt’s Jordan Downs, will benefit from money raised through California’s cap-and-trade program, state and local representatives said Wednesday. Jordan Downs will receive $12 million for its first phase of construction, which includes $2 million for street improvements along Century Boulevard, from a committee Read More…