Complaints about fumes coming from San Diego-area car painting operations are among the most frequent reported to air authorities, according to a report by inewsource. An analysis of records found that more than 10 percent of air complaints in San Diego County cite auto and truck painting.
While the industry has taken steps to move away from solvent-based paints, many hazardous chemicals are still being used in auto body work.
inewsource found one address with more than 60 vehicle painting complaints in the last three years. Lemon Grove Truck Body & Equipment has been fined a total of $2,650 so far.