An executive for the South Coast Air Quality Management District said the agency is “disappointed” that a judge denied an application for a temporary restraining order seeking to reduce high levels of hexavalent chromium emitted from Anaplex Corp. in Paramount, but added that other options will be explored.
The application was jointly filed by the South Coast Air Quality
Management District and the County of Los Angeles. Los Angeles Superior Court
Judge Joanne O’Donnell denied it Thursday based on her ruling that the
independent SCAQMD Hearing Board has primary jurisdiction over the matter.
“We are disappointed that the court denied our request for a
restraining order,” said Wayne Nastri, SCAQMD’s executive officer. “In
addition to seeking an administrative order from the independent SCAQMD Hearing
Board, we will consider all other enforcement options available to us with our
partner agencies. We also will remain vigilant as to Anaplex’s actions and its
Had it been granted, the temporary restraining order would have
compelled Anaplex Corp. to shut down all equipment with the potential to emit
hexavalent chromium if the level of cancer-causing compound at the facility’s
fence line exceeded 1.0 nanograms per cubic meter, determined by an average of
the three most recent air monitoring samples taken by SCAQMD at a monitor
immediately downwind of the facility, according to the district. Samples are
collected once every three days.
The conditions are the same as the ones imposed upon Aerocraft Heat
Treating Co., Inc., another Paramount facility found to have high hexavalent
chromium emissions by the SCAQMD Hearing Board on Dec. 16.
While Aerocraft voluntarily agreed to terms of the Hearing Board’s
order, Anaplex refused to do so, prompting the legal action by the SCAQMD and
Los Angeles County, according to the district.
SCAQMD will now seek an order against Anaplex at a Jan. 5 hearing before
the SCAQMD Hearing Board, according to the district.
District inspectors found relatively low levels at Anaplex on
Thanksgiving Day, reinforcing the agency’s conclusion that the plant was
responsible for the high readings when it was in operation, according to the