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The South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) held its first working group meeting on March 23, 2017 to discuss Proposed Amended Rule 1469 – Hexavalent Chromium Emissions from Chromium Electroplating and Chromic Acid Anodizing Operations and Proposed Amended Rule 1426 – Emissions from Metal Finishing Operations. Both rules control toxic pollutants, including hexavalent chromium, nickel, lead, and copper from electroplating and anodizing processes.

The SCAQMD has recent air monitoring near metal finishing facilities, and have found high levels of hexavalent chromium, an air toxic. As a result, SCAQMD has been re-evaluating the effectiveness of Rules 1469 and 1426. The proposed changes will include new airborne toxic control measures for metal finishing operations, incorporate the 2015 revised Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment guidelines and incorporate inconsistencies with the 2012 National Emission Standards for Hazardous Pollutants. There are currently over 200 facilities that would be affected by these rule changes. The Governing Board Meeting for this rule is currently scheduled for December 2017.

For more information regarding compliance with the proposed rule changes, please contact our Irvine office at (949) 567-9880 or visit the District's website.