Partner Medical Products Inc. voluntarily ceases operations in Carson
carson — On August 21, 2022, Parter Medical Products, Inc. or Parter voluntarily shut down its ethylene oxide (EtO) operations until the facility can improve its air pollution controls.
Parter is located at 17015 Kingsview Avenue in Carson. EtO is a flammable, colorless gas used by the facility to sterilize medical devices.
Earlier this year, Carson City Council voted unanimously to request that air monitors be placed at various locations around the city to monitor air quality.
The town of Carson has been advised by the South Coast AQMD that a release of air pollutants by Parter could pose a health hazard around the end of July in the nearby industrial area.
South Coast AQMD conducted several on-site inspections at the facility and conducted field operations in the surrounding area. On July 29, 2022, a Notice of Violation was issued to Parter for public nuisance in violation of agency Rule 402 and California Health & Safety Code § 41700. This violation was based on elevated EtO emissions detected through air monitoring efforts outside the facility to an adjacent business.
South Coast AQMD is also investigating EtO emissions in nearby residential communities and the agency is working with the City of Carson to identify additional locations to collect 24-hour samples from the community and school. closer. So far, data from residential monitors shows EtO levels are within typical background levels.
Parter said its EtO equipment will remain closed until additional air pollution controls can be implemented, including modifications and upgrades to air pollution control equipment. air and temporary enclosures. The facility has initiated the authorization process for the upgrades and South Coast AQMD will review and approve these requests as quickly as possible.
During AQMD’s South Coast monitoring efforts at several commercial EtO sterilization facilities, the agency became aware of fugitive emissions from sources that were not previously known. The AQMD survey on the south coast has identified that existing pollution controls will need to be improved and that measures will be needed to reduce fugitive emissions.
South Coast AQMD is working on amending Rule 1405 – Control of ethylene oxide and chlorofluorocarbon emissions from sterilization or fumigation processes to strengthen requirements to control fugitive emissions, as well as provisions to further reduce EtO emissions from operations at these facilities.
For more information, contact the AQMD public advisor for the south coast at firstname.lastname@example.org. To receive notifications about Parter, please fill out the form at www.aqmd.gov/sign-up.