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Category Press Release
Publish Date 6/27/2017
Author Paul Cochrane
Title Hazardous Waste Testing in California to Prevent Costly Fines and Legal Proceedings
Introduction LA Testing provides analytical services and sampling supplies to identify a wide range of hazardous materials to protect people and keep companies in compliance.

Huntington Beach, CA, June 27, 2017

In May, the Los Angeles Daily News published an article about legal challenges facing two business owners of a recycling company. According to the article, the two men are facing close to 20 charges filed by the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office.

The business recycles scrap metal, appliances, electronics and other materials. The owners face charges due to a number of alleged environmental issues, including the improper handling and disposal of asbestos, lead, copper, cadmium, zinc and other potentially hazardous materials. The Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) had reportedly visited the facility on three separate occasions before the case was referred for prosecution. If convicted, the pair could face more than 11 years in jail and over $400k in fines.

“There are state and federal laws in place that businesses must follow when handling regulated materials,” said Michael Chapman, Laboratory Manager of LA Testing’s Huntington Beach facility. “Failure to follow these laws could not only jeopardize the health and safety of workers, it could also threaten neighbors, the environment and result in costly fines and even jail time.”

To help companies comply with environmental and occupational health and safety regulations, LA Testing offers a wide range of microbiological, chemical and material testing services. They furnish all of the sampling supplies necessary and also have available air monitoring instruments along with personal protective equipment (PPE).

To learn more about environmental, hazardous material, industrial hygiene or air quality testing services, monitoring instrument and PPE, please visit, email or call (800) 755-1794.

About LA Testing

LA Testing is California’s leading laboratory for 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, CDC ELITE, 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 Huntington Beach, San Diego, San Leandro and South Pasadena.

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