Huntington Beach, California, December 15, 2022
Last month, California’s Attorney General announced he had filed a lawsuit against the manufacturers of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) for endangering public health, causing irreparable harm to the state's natural resources, and engaging in a widespread campaign to deceive the public.
According to the news release:
PFAS are a class of thousands of toxic chemicals. This lawsuit concerns seven common PFAS that have been detected in drinking water supplies, surface waters, and groundwater in California: perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA); perfluorooctanesulfonic acid (PFOS); perfluorobutanesulfonic acid (PFBS); perfluorohexanesulfonic acid (PFHxS); perfluorohexanoic acid (PFHxA); perfluoroheptanoic acid (PFHpA); and perfluorononanoic acid (PFNA).
PFAS are man-made chemicals that have come under increasing scrutiny in recent years because many of the chemicals in this group do not readily break down in the environment and can build up in humans and animals. There is evidence, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), that exposure to some of these chemicals may cause a variety of health concerns. Just this past June, EPA released four drinking water health advisories for PFAS.
“The Attorney General’s Office reports that PFAS are pervasive across California’s bays, lakes, streams and rivers, as well as in its fish, wildlife and soil,” said Michael Chapman, Laboratory Manager of LA Testing’s Huntington Beach facility. “They go on to state that these forever chemicals can also be found in the bloodstream of 98% of Californians. This is why LA Testing’s parent company, EMSL Analytical, Inc., is pleased to offer PFAS testing from drinking water and potable water sources at their corporate laboratory in New Jersey. Testing services are currently available for 18 of these chemicals from water samples collected in California.”
To learn more about water testing for PFAS, or other chemical and microbial contaminants, please visit www.LATesting.com, email info@LATesting.com or call (800) 755-1794.
About LA Testing
LA Testing is California’s leading laboratory for environmental and 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, 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 and San Diego.