AQMD scientists, working in collaboration with experts from UCI, are conducting additional air sampling near the All American Asphalt plant. The two groups are co-locating their equipment to capture detailed information about potential chemical emissions and how emissions vary over time. This information will be released by AQMD as soon as the data is available and a link to this information will be provided on this website.
On May 13, 2021, the City of Irvine received a letter from All American Asphalt to City of Irvine staff and Councilmembers related to the Granulated Activated Carbon Unit.
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All American Asphalt Inc. operates an asphalt batch plant at 10671 Jeffrey Road in the North Irvine area which has been at the center of numerous odor complaints by residents and others in the area in recent years. The plant has been in place since the early 1990s and was approved by the County of Orange, prior to the land being incorporated into the City of Irvine.
Regulation of industrial emissions and odors lies with an agency called the Southern California Air Quality Management District (AQMD). The City has worked hard to hold AQMD accountable and bring enforcement actions at the plant to eliminate odor and identify and eliminate any potentially harmful emissions. As a result of the attention drawn to the plant by the City and concerned residents, AQMD has issued several citations for violations at the plant which have resulted in the installation and testing of new mitigation equipment. AQMD also instituted an air monitoring program to help identify the source of odors and the presence of any other potentially harmful emissions from the plant. A summary of the actions taken by AQMD, the status of plant permitting, and the results of its air monitoring program can be found on the AQMD website here.
While enforcement responsibility lies with AQMD, and the City does not have the power to immediately close the plant or eliminate the odor, the City has initiated independent efforts to help identify potential risks due to plant emissions and protect public health. These efforts include an independent air monitoring program at the plant site and within the nearby community as well as an audit of the plant to ensure the facility is built and operating consistently with all appropriate permits. The City has also filed a lawsuit on behalf of residents, against All American Asphalt aimed at eliminating public nuisance. Included below are links to relevant information and resources regarding the All American Asphalt plant.
Should you experience asphalt odors in the area of the plant, we encourage you to register your complaint with AQMD at:
- AQMD online Complaint System: aqmd.gov/home/air-quality/complaints
- AQMD Complaint Phone Number 1-800-288-7664
This link provides a map showing the All American Asphalt Plant and the immediate vicinity. The map provides the names of nearby neighborhoods and major streets, for reference, as well as the underlying zoning designations for the area.
This link provides a timeline of relevant operating and approval milestones for the All American Asphalt Plant.
A Seller Disclosure is a notification provided by a home seller to a home buyer that outlines known issues with a property or other historical details. Available at this link is the Seller Disclosure currently provided by the Irvine Company to nearby homebuyers related to the All American Asphalt Plant.
City of Irvine Air Monitoring Program
From November 2020 through January 2021, the City of Irvine commissioned an air monitoring program through a third-party firm, Yorke Engineering. The program included 24-hour air samples taken at four separate locations; on-site at the All American Asphalt plant, just outside the plant, and at two locations in the community. The air was tested for over 100 individual chemical compounds known to be potential emissions from the asphalt production process.
A summary of the findings, as well as the detailed lab reports for the City’s air sampling program, can be found at this link. The results of the testing show that the chemicals in the air are within typical regional background levels as reported in studies conducted by the AQMD. Results from the City’s air monitoring program showed concentrations that are less than all published health-based reference exposure levels developed by the California Office of Environmental Health and Hazard Assessment (OEHHA). The reference levels developed by OEHHA are used by agencies and health risk managers to evaluate the hazard associated with exposure to a specific chemical contaminant and the impact it has on target organs in the human body.
AQMD Air Monitoring Program
In response to community concerns, AQMD began an air sampling program in December 2020 in the North Irvine area near the All American Asphalt plant. This link to the AQMD webpage provides a summary of the program and the results of the air sampling. A summary of the findings from the AQMD sampling program is included below;
“Based on the data our scientists have collected and analyzed thus far, we do not have evidence to conclude that there are elevated air toxics levels that would cause a health threat to the residents of the community near the facility. The monitoring data provides information about the overall levels of air pollution in the community. The sampling data that we have thus far have shown relatively typical (“background”) levels of toxic air pollution in the community.”
AQMD has held two public meetings regarding the situation with the All American Asphalt plant. This link to the AQMD website provides the presentations that were given at the meeting by experts from AQMD, the City’s consultant, Yorke Engineering, and from two different academic research groups from the University of California, Irvine. The site also includes archived videos from both meetings.
In July 2020, the City of Irvine filed a public nuisance lawsuit on behalf of residents against All American Asphalt. More information about this litigation can be found at the links below:
The links below provide access to a variety of correspondence related to the All American Asphalt plant:
- October 15, 2020 letter from Irvine City Council to residents regarding City efforts at All American Asphalt
- October 30, 2020 letter from All American Asphalt to residents
- November 17, 2020 letter from Irvine City Council to AQMD Chairman and Board Members regarding emissions from All American Asphalt and Bowerman Landfill
- November 24, 2020 letter from AQMD to Irvine City Council regarding efforts at All American Asphalt and Bowerman Landfill (View the letter in Mandarin here)
- December 2, 2020 letter from Irvine City Council to UC Irvine regarding university involvement in the public nuisance at All American Asphalt
- January 13, 2021 letter from UC Irvine to Irvine City Council regarding university involvement in the public nuisance at All American Asphalt
- January 19, 2021 letter from Mayor Khan to AQMD Chairman and Board Members requesting a public meeting
- February 5, 2021 letter from AQMD to Mayor Kahn regarding AQMD efforts at All American Asphalt
- February 8, 2021 letter from All American Asphalt to Irvine City Council in response to an article in the Voice of OC
- May 13, 2021 letter from All American Asphalt to City of Irvine staff and Councilmembers related to the Granulated Activated Carbon Unit.