The City has implemented a moratorium on the addition or expansion of metal-related businesses since the City learned about the elevated hexavalent chromium levels found by the the SCAQMD. The City has already denied requests for new or expanding metal-related businesses since the moratorium was put in place. The moratorium was set for an initial 45 day period and expiration on January 24th. The Council extended the moratorium an additional six months and may extend the moratorium up to a total of two years. Certain exceptions in the extended moratorium allow for improvements at existing businesses that will enhance air quality or are non-production related improvements (examples: security, employee break areas, parking lot improvements).