Garden Grove, CA, December 16th, 2014
In late November, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) awarded funding to eight organizations throughout the United States to protect the public’s health by reducing exposure to indoor pollutants, such as radon, and environmental asthma triggers commonly found in homes, schools, offices and other large buildings. Included in the list of recipients was the Public Health Institute (PHI) based in Oakland, California.
The EPA is providing a total of $4.5 million in funds to ensure Americans are able to reduce their exposure to indoor pollutants and safeguard their families’ health, especially those in low-income, minority and tribal communities.
“Partnering with these leading organizations will increase national awareness on the importance of healthy indoor air quality in our changing climate and will empower communities to implement public health projects locally,” said Janet McCabe, acting assistant administrator for the Office of Air and Radiation.
The EPA will collaborate with the recipients of the three-year cooperative agreements to:
- Prevent future lung cancer deaths by reducing public exposure to radon by mitigating risks in existing homes and schools and by constructing new homes and schools with radon-reducing features.
- Prevent asthma attacks, emergency room visits, and other poor health outcomes by supporting delivery, infrastructure and/or sustainability of environmental asthma interventions at home and school, with a focus on populations disproportionately impacted by asthma.
- Prevent other poor health outcomes through expanded support of state and local efforts to improve indoor air quality by promoting best practices and policies.
One company that has been helping identify indoor pollutants that are known asthma triggers and other hazards such as lead, asbestos and radon throughout California is LA Testing. “It is great news to see EPA grants going to deserving institutions that provide educational and preventive resources to help reduce people’s exposure to indoor pollutants,” said Michael Chapman, Laboratory Manager of LA Testing’s Garden Grove facility. “For those who have immediate concerns about their indoor environment, LA Testing provides laboratory services and all of the necessary sampling tools and supplies people may need to test their homes, schools and businesses to identify a wide range of potential biological, chemical and radiological hazards.”
To learn more about indoor air quality (IAQ) testing services or other environmental issues, please visit www.LATesting.com, email info@LATesting.com or call 1-800-303-0047.
About LA Testing
LA Testing is California’s leading laboratory for indoor air quality testing of asbestos, mold, lead, VOCs, formaldehyde, soot, char, ash and smoke damage, particulates and other chemicals. In addition, LA Testing offers a full range of air sampling and investigative equipment to professionals and the general public. LA Testing maintains an extensive list of accreditations including: AIHA LAP LLC., AIHA ELLAP, AIHA EMLAP and AIHA IHLAP, NVLAP, State of California, State of Hawaii Department of Health and other states. LA Testing, along with the EMSL Analytical, Inc. network, has multiple laboratories throughout California including South Pasadena, Garden Grove, San Leandro and San Diego.