The latest on the Porter Ranch gas situation: Residents should return.

On Friday, May 13, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (DPH) released the results of its Indoor Environmental Testing Protocol in the Porter Ranch area. DPH also issued a directive to Southern California Gas Company (SoCalGas) to offer and implement, at its own cost, a comprehensive cleaning protocol. In response, SoCalGas issued the following statement:

"The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (DPH) has acknowledged that no barrier exists for residents to return home, and it is safe for residents to be home in Porter Ranch and the surrounding community. The Department of Public Health's data clearly indicate that there are no levels of concern of any of the approximately 250 substances the agency tested for in the homes, including metals such as barium, none of which was detected at any level of health concern.

"DPH previewed its findings the night before at the May 12th Porter Ranch Neighborhood Council's Community Advisory Committee meeting, where DPH stated its desire to 'assure everyone that the levels detected, even of metals, are in fact, very low' and that the answer to the question of whether it is safe to return home is yes, 'people can safely move back into their homes.'

"This data finally provides residents with the additional support they have been looking for: There is no risk to public health related to the leak that was permanently sealed months ago. It is long past the time for the residents who chose to remain relocated to exit the relocation program, and for the community as a whole to return to normal.

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