Huntington Beach, CA, August 17th, 2017
For years, residents in parts of southeast Los Angeles County have heard from media reports and public health experts about potential lead contamination around their homes, schools and businesses. The contamination stems from a former battery recycling plant that operated in Vernon for years before it closed its doors.
In addition to lead, the facility released harmful toxic chemicals into the air, including arsenic, benzene and 1,3-butadiene. The L.A. County Department of Public Health (DPH) states that the soil in the surrounding communities of Commerce, Bell, Maywood, Huntington Park, Boyle Heights, East Los Angeles and Vernon remain contaminated with high levels of lead.
This past June, DPH released a report that included a community survey. DPH outreach teams knocked on the doors of over 16,000 homes. Approximately 70% of the people who answered their door agreed to complete the survey, resulting in 4,214 surveys completed.
“One of the concerning issues from the release of the DPH survey was the fact that 55% of those who responded reported that they had not received results from soil testing done in their yard,” said Michael Chapman, Laboratory Manager of LA Testing’s Huntington Beach facility. “Knowing if your yard is contaminated with high lead levels is crucial. This is especially true for families with young children. Environmental tests for lead in soil, dust, air or water can be done quickly so families can take the appropriate actions to protect themselves from any exposure hazards inside or outside of their homes. At LA Testing, we provide environmental lead tests to the public with results in days, not weeks or months. We also offer easy-to-use test kits for lead and a wide array of other common environmental exposure concerns.”
LA Testing has even sponsored an educational video about protecting children from lead poisoning that can be seen at: http://youtu.be/LkEqFhNDS-U.
To learn more about testing for lead or other environmental, health and safety issues, please visit www.LATesting.com, email info@LATesting.com or call (800) 755-1794. For access to environmental test kits, visit www.EMSLTestKits.com.
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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 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.