LA County Health Releases Report on In-Home Testing
Posted by Councilmember Englander on May 13, 2016 at 2:54 PM
Last night, the Porter Ranch Community Advisory Committee (PRCAC), which I formed in January, received an update from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health on the results of the in-home testing for the affected communities of the Aliso Canyon Gas Leak.
Over 100 homes were tested for 250 different chemicals. While air levels have been deemed safe, in approximately 20% of homes tested, metals were found in dust particles on surfaces. The highest concentration of metals found were Barium Sulfate, Vanadium, Manganese, Lead, Strontium and Aluminum. Last night at the PRCAC, LA County Health Department official Jeffery Gunsenhouser stated that it was safe to return home and the levels of metals posed no immediate health concern, however recommended homes within Porter Ranch be cleaned. Click here to view PRCAC meeting notes.
I am asking that SoCal Gas conduct a full cleanup of all homes within the 5-mile radius, including the communities of Chatsworth, Granada Hills and Northridge. With nearly 2,800 households still relocated, it is unacceptable residents be asked to move back into their homes and be responsible for cleaning up SoCal Gas' mess.
Test results will be posted on the LA County Department of Public Health Aliso Canyon page by the end of the day today. Click here to view FAQ on in-home testing.
-Mitchell Englander, Councilmember Twelfth District