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Soil Contamination

Category Press Release
Publish Date 11/17/2013
Author Paul Cochrane
Title Soil Contamination a Concern for Los Angeles Redevelopment Project
Introduction LA Testing offers laboratory services to help identify hazardous substances to prevent exposure to workers and residents from contaminated soil.

Soil Contamination a Concern for Los Angeles Redevelopment Project

LA Testing offers laboratory services to help identify hazardous substances to prevent exposure to workers and residents from contaminated soil.

Garden Grove, CA, November 13th, 2013

Earlier this year, the City of Los Angeles approved a plan to redevelop Jordan Downs Public Housing Community into a mixed-use development.  Parts of the project are on contaminated soil and the Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) has been named the lead agency for the cleanup project.

Some of the land had been used in the past for everything from agriculture to industrial purposes. Environmental studies have shown the presence of subsurface soils that contain lead, arsenic, petroleum hydrocarbons, PCBs and naphthalene.

Soil contamination issues like these are common in many urban areas that are in need of redevelopment.  Contamination can result when hazardous substances are either spilled or buried directly in the soil or migrate to the soil from another area. Another source of soil contamination could be water that washes contamination from an area containing hazardous substances and deposits the contamination in the soil as it flows over or through it.

Soil contamination is either solid or liquid hazardous substances mixed with the naturally occurring soil. Usually, contaminants in the soil are physically or chemically attached to soil particles, or, if they are not attached, are trapped in the small spaces between soil particles.

One of California’s leading soil testing laboratories is LA Testing. “People can have soil contamination issues due to a number of reasons, not just because they live near an industrial area,” reports Michael Chapman, Laboratory Manager of LA Testing’s Garden Grove facility.   “For example, old lead-based paints or asbestos containing building materials can settle into areas around a home where children play.  Humans can ingest and come into contact with contaminants when they play in contaminated soil or dig in the soil as part of their work. Certain contaminants, when they contact skin, are even absorbed into the body. When contaminants are attached to small surface soil particles they can become airborne as dust and then be inhaled.  LA Testing provides laboratory testing and sampling supplies to both professionals and the general public to identify cases of soil contamination.”

LA Testing recently sponsored an online video about soil contamination issues that can be seen at: http://youtu.be/iAmHToVhm2A

To learn more about soil testing or other environmental and safety issues, please visit www.LATesting.com, email info@LATesting.com or call (800) 755-1794. 

About LA Testing and EMSL Analytical, Inc.

LA Testing and EMSL Analytical are providers of environmental testing services and products to professionals and the general public. The companies have an extensive list of accreditations from leading organizations as well as state and federal regulating bodies.  LA Testing has laboratories throughout California to service commercial clients and government agencies as well as the general public.