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Category Press Release
Publish Date 11/23/2020
Author Paul Cochrane
Title EPA Awards Almost $1 Million to Research Combatting Harmful Algal Blooms in California
Introduction LA Testing provides laboratory services to identify microbial contaminants and toxins to help protect the environment, public and to assist industries impacted by harmful algal blooms.

Huntington Beach, CA, November 23rd, 2020

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently announced $999,999 in funding to a California university research foundation to address the environmental challenges posed by harmful algal blooms (HABs). The university’s research will focus on how to prevent and control HABs using runoff treatment systems to reduce nutrient discharges from farms.

“Harmful algal blooms clog waterways and release toxins that harm people, animals, aquatic ecosystems and drinking water supplies in California communities,” reported EPA Pacific Southwest Regional Administrator John Busterud. “We are proud to help advance the progress of San Jose State’s research on preventing and controlling these damaging blooms.

HABs can occur in both fresh and marine waters. Red tides, blue-green algae and cyanobacteria are all examples of HABs that can severely impact human health, aquatic ecosystems and the economy.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) reports that although human illnesses caused by HABs are rare, they can be debilitating or even fatal. In addition to potentially producing extremely dangerous toxins, harmful algal blooms can create dead zones by depleting oxygen in the water, raise treatment costs for drinking water and hurt a wide range of industries that depend on clean water.

“The EPA research funding is great news for the environment and all of the people and industries in California that are impacted each time there is an HAB,” said Joseph Frasca, Senior Vice President of Marketing at LA Testing. “At LA Testing, our network of laboratories also support researchers, environmental groups and the industry with a wide range of HAB testing services. Available services include algal identification, algal biomass analysis and various algal toxins testing from water, air and soil samples.”

LA Testing has even sponsored an educational video about HABs that can be seen at:

To learn more about HAB testing or other environmental, health and safety services, please visit, email or call (800) 755-1794.

About LA Testing
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.

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