Southland air-quality regulators Tuesday began the process of obtaining an order requiring a Paramount company to control what are being called persistent odors wafting into area neighborhoods.

South Coast Air Quality Management District officials filed a petition seeking an Order of Abatement against Carlton Forge Works, 7743 E. Adams St. The AQMD Hearing Board is expected to schedule a hearing on the issue in the coming weeks.

“Although Carlton Forge Works has made some changes to its operation, it continues to be a frequent source of odors affecting the quality of life of many Paramount residents and school children,” said AQMD Executive Officer Wayne Nastri. “We are seeking this order to facilitate curtailment of the odors as quickly as possible.”

Officials with the company could not be reached late Tuesday for comment. According to its website, the company produces rolled rings and die forgings for “aerospace, gas turbine, industrial, commercial and nuclear industries.”

According to AQMD, the agency has received more than 190 odor complaints since early December, including some from people at nearby Lincoln Elementary School. Since Dec. 9, the AQMD has issued 17 violation notices to the company alleging nuisance odors, which it traced to the business’ grinding room and to an area near two of the facility’s gates.

AQMD officials noted that the company has stopped all outdoor grinding, sealed its grinding building and installed “high-efficiency filters” on the grinding building’s exhaust system, but the odors have persisted.

Under the proposed administrative order, the company would be required to take steps including the development of a wide-ranging odor-control plan and conducting a study of the feasibility of installing carbon scrubbers on all “bag houses” used for pollution controls.

–City News Service

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