Children and newborns are especially at risk in a new report that says the risk of cancer has shot up in California.
Factories, oil refineries, and other stationary sources of air pollution in southern California may soon have to adhere to tighter restrictions. These measures can include warning nearby residents about the health risks linked to their emissions and reducing the release of toxins such as arsenic, benzene and heavy metals.
The regulators cover a region containing about 400 industrial facilities and about 90 will be affected by their new rules.
Air pollution in southern California has been on the downfall for the past several decades because of heightened regulation, but officials want to take these restrictions further. Some business groups in the region are opposing these measures.
The Los Angeles County Business Federation warned officials to "avoid unnecessarily alarming the public."