- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 2, 2014

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. (AP) - Southern California regulators want an Orange County metal finishing firm to move more quickly to reduce toxic and potentially cancer-causing emissions.

The South Coast Air Quality Management District said Tuesday it would seek an order from its hearing board requiring Hixson Metal Finishing to install pollution controls on an expedited schedule.

The AQMD says Hixson has taken steps in the past to reduce emissions of hexavalent chromium, but more work needs to be done.

Doug Greene, president of Hixson, said his company has spent about $250,000 to address the emissions issues.

The chrome-plating and anodizing facility serves the military and the aerospace industry. It has a 47,000-square-foot plant and about 150 employees in Newport Beach.

Hexavalent chromium, a compound released during plating and finishing operations, is a known human carcinogen.

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