Southland’s air-quality management agency is seeking the order after data showed Hixson Metal Finishing is the source of elevated levels of hexavalent chromium, a known human carcinogen.
Some meats, when cooked at certain temperatures, can cause cancer, according to researchers at UC Davis.
State environmental regulators say they have settled on an acceptable level for the carcinogen hexavalent chromium in drinking water, the first step in protecting the public.
Sens. Barbara Boxer and Dianne Feinstein want the Environmental Protection Agency to protect the public from hexavalent chromium.
Researchers say tap water in Riverside has some of the highest levels in the nation of a known deadly toxin.