If you have questions or concerns regarding for City of Irvine staff related to All American Asphalt, please call 949-724-6326.
Air Sampling and Health Risk Assessment
Although oversight and enforcement of emissions from the All American Asphalt Plant lies with the Southern California Air Quality Management District (AQMD) and is not within the City’s purview, the City of Irvine has taken significant and unprecedented steps to evaluate the health risk at the plant and to protect residents. The City has commissioned a comprehensive ambient air monitoring program. The sampling began in December and will analyze for over 120 chemical compounds specifically identified due to their association with rubber asphalt processing equipment and operations. This sampling methodology also follows standards set by AQMD and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that will facilitate the evaluation of potential health risks, odor nuisance, and exceedance of regulatory limits. This sampling will take place at four separate locations at the plant and within the community during December, 2020 and January, 2021 and results will be published on the City website as soon as they are available. The air sampling data will serve as the basis for a subsequent Health Risk Assessment that will determine whether there is a potential public health risk that warrants further evaluation. The Health Risk Assessment will also be made available publicly once it is complete.
Ninyo & Moore will provide environmental consulting services for the City of Irvine relating to the All American Asphalt plant located at 10671 Jeffrey Rd, Irvine, CA.
Site Audit and Permit Review
The City has commissioned an audit of the All American facility to verify compliance with all relevant permits. Although the All American Asphalt Plant was approved by the County of Orange in the 1990s, prior to property becoming part of the City of Irvine, the City is underway on a comprehensive review to ensure that the plant is operating consistent with all relevant land use and other regulatory permits. This extensive review of historical documents and inspection of the plant property is being performed to ensure that all equipment and facilities have been properly permitted and are being operated consistent with their approvals. The review will also verify that there have not been any illegal expansions of the facility beyond its current approvals.
December 21 Update:
In response to community concerns, South Coast AQMD is conducting a short-term air sampling and analysis initiative near the All American Asphalt facility. The first sample was collected on December 2, 2020 and additional samples will be taken every six days for approximately two months. South Coast AQMD reports that the sample taken on December 2, "Results are within typical background levels and below health-based exposure levels." Read more here.
December 10 Update:
On December 9 South Coast AQMD hosted a meeting at the request of the City of Irvine regarding All American Asphalt. A recording of that meeting can be viewed here.
December 4 Update:
South Coast AQMD will host a community meeting via Zoom on December 9 at 6:30 p.m. in regards to AAA. More information and how to participate: click here.
November 24 Update:
November 17 Update:
The Irvine City Council sent a letter to South Coast Air Quality Management District requesting for transparent and proactive measures to address ongoing and potentially dangerous emissions in the City of Irvine pertaining to both All American Asphalt and the Frank R. Bowerman Landfill. The Irvine City Council respectfully requests the following immediate actions pertaining to both the All American Asphalt facility and the Bowerman Landfill:
- For AQMD to hold a public meeting in Irvine in order to listen to and understand the concerns of those that are being affected and to give an update on the agency’s progress in resolving the underlying causes of the problems in our community.
- Given the long-standing concerns about All American Asphalt and the noxious odors emanating from the Bowerman Landfill, we are requesting that community air monitoring facilities be established by AQMD in appropriate locations in and around the City of Irvine to evaluate emissions and potential health risks from both of these sources on an ongoing basis.
Read the full letter here.
October 30 Update:
South Coast AQMD has an ongoing investigation concerning the All American Asphalt's (AAA) plant in Irvine This investigation seeks to address numerous complaints from residents, who have identified asphalt and burnt rubber-type odors from the facility. Read the full AQMD statement here.
On Friday, October 30, the City of Irvine received a letter from All American Asphalt with some additional background information about All American Asphalt's actions to address resident concerns. Read the letter from All American Asphalt to Irvine residents.
October 16 Update:
At it's October 16 special meeting, the Irvine City Council unanimously voted to direct the Police Chief to initiate the process for revoking All American Asphalt’s business license, and that the process be completed as quickly as possible; and for staff to determine whether a basis exists to initiate the process for revoking All American Asphalt’s land use permit and, if so, to initiate that process, as well.
To view the meeting, visit http://irvine.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?view_id=68&clip_id=5189
October 15 Update and Letter to Residents:
As you may be aware, there is a manufacturing facility in the North Irvine area which we believe is producing odors that are creating a growing public nuisance for residents. We want you to know that we understand the concern of residents in the area and that the City is taking all actions within its power to eliminate the problem. The source of the odor is the All American Asphalt plant located north of Portola Parkway. The plant has been in place for many years and was approved by the County of Orange, prior to the land being incorporated into the City of Irvine.
Regulation of manufacturing emissions and odors, such as those that are likely being released by the plant, lies with an agency called the Southern California Air Quality Management District (AQMD). Over the last year, the City has worked hard to get AQMD to bring enforcement actions at the plant that would eliminate the odors but, to date, the agency’s actions have fallen short. Because of this failed enforcement by AQMD, the City is taking all actions within its power to solve the problem. Earlier this year, the City filed a lawsuit against All American Asphalt for creating a public nuisance. This extraordinary legal action by the City on behalf residents allows the City to gather information about the plant operations and could allow the City to force a solution that will eliminate the source of the problem. The City is also leveraging its land use authority to eliminate any expansion of the plant or its manufacturing process beyond the original County approvals, which may be the source of the odor.
While primary enforcement responsibility lies with AQMD, and the City does not have the power to immediately close the plant or eliminate the odor, please know that the City, through its lawsuit and land use authority, is taking all possible steps to solve the problem as quickly as possible. The City has established this new web page at cityofIrvine.org/AAA , which has a map and will provide updated information regarding efforts to address the problem. If you notice asphalt odors in the area, we encourage you to register your complaint with AQMD via:
- AQMD online Complaint System: www.aqmd.gov/home/air-quality/complaints
- AQMD Complaint Phone Number 1-800-288-7664
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