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…

South Coast Air Quality Management District bullies small businesses in minority communities

[Source: Compton Herald] The South Coast Air Quality Management District’s flawed monitoring program recently cost a minority-owned business in Paramount $100,000 in lost wages; dozens of workers were let go. We’ve all heard the stories of local polluters impacting the air we breathe, the ground we live on, and the water we drink. However, most Read More…

New California law gives air quality officials the power to quickly shut down polluters

[Source: Los Angeles Times] Local air quality officials are gaining new powers to quickly stop polluters when they endanger people’s health under legislation signed by Gov. Jerry Brown on Monday. The law, which goes into effect Jan. 1, follows years of frustration in communities such as Paramount, Boyle Heights and Maywood — where regulators have Read More…

AQMD seeks order to cut emissions at Long Beach metals plant

[Source: Los Angeles Business Journal] Local air quality regulators on Wednesday announced they are seeking an order to reduce emissions of a toxic chemical at Lubeco Inc., a Long Beach metal-finishing plant. The South Coast Air Quality Management District filed a petition with an independent hearing board Friday seeking the order to require Lubeco to Read More…

Questions remain as Gov. Brown signs legislation to address neighborhood-level air pollution

[Source: Los Angeles Times] Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday signed legislation aimed at improving air quality in disadvantaged communities, a key step in shifting the debate over how the state fights climate change and an issue that has tested the influence of environmental justice advocates The law imposes new requirements to monitor and reduce pollution Read More…

Air officials to investigate toxins in Compton

[Source: Long Beach Press Telegram] Air officials will begin investigating several metal processing facilities near homes in Compton for a cancer-causing toxic recently found in the nearby city of Paramount. The effort, announced Friday, comes after the South Coast Air Quality Management District discovered high levels of hexavalent chromium a substance linked to lung cancer, Read More…