Huntington Beach, CA, November 9th, 2020
It was recently announced that a California company that bottles spring water has been sentenced to three years of probation and ordered to pay a $5 million fine by a U.S. District Judge. Prosecutors claim the company illegally stored and transported hazardous waste from one of its facilities. The hazardous waste involved arsenic-contaminated wastewater which was the result of filtering spring water to remove naturally occurring arsenic.
Arsenic is an element that is widely distributed in the earth's crust. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), arsenic can enter the water supply from natural deposits in the earth or from industrial and agricultural pollution. Water sources in some parts of the United States have higher naturally occurring levels of inorganic arsenic than other areas.
“This court ruling is a reminder that elevated levels of arsenic can be found in many water sources and that water utilities and companies that produce bottled water and beverages need to be sure they are following existing regulations,” said Joseph Frasca, Senior Vice President of Marketing at LA Testing. “It’s also important that private well owners in many parts of California test their water for arsenic. After all, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) has classified arsenic and arsenic compounds as carcinogenic to humans.”
In California, LA Testing is available to help in these situations. Their water quality experts provide arsenic and other contaminant testing services in their laboratories across the state. These services are available to bottling and beverage companies, water utilities, wastewater treatment providers, regulators, private well owners and the public.
To learn more about testing for arsenic or other environmental, health and safety issues, please visit www.LATesting.com, email info@LATesting.com or call (800) 755-1794.
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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-LAP, LLC EMLAP, AIHA-LAP, LLC IHLAP, AIHA-LAP, LLC ELLAP), CDC ELITE, 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, Huntington Beach, San Leandro, San Diego and Ontario.