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Di(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate in Pennsylvania


Di(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate is a pollutant from rubber and industrial chemical factories and a leachate from PVC pipes; it is classified by EPA as a probable human carcinogen. [read more]

The Most Polluted Communities in Pennsylvania

31 water utilities reported detecting Di(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate in tap water since 2004, according to EWG's analysis of water quality data supplied by state water agencies

Ranked by highest average Di(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate level

RankSystem Population Served Positive test results of total reported tests Average Level
(Range)
1Snake Spring Township Ma
PA
5001 of 15.8 ppb
(5.8 ppb)
2Harrisburg Muni Water Auth
Harrisburg, PA
66,5401 of 21 ppb
(0 to 2 ppb)
3Newport Boro Water Auth
Newport, PA
2,8121 of 41 ppb
(0 to 4 ppb)
4Milesburg Borough Water Auth
Milesburg, PA
2,7503 of 40.97 ppb
(0 to 2 ppb)
5Lower Bucks Co Joint Mun Auth
Levittown,, PA
66,1001 of 40.94 ppb
(0 to 3.75 ppb)
6Brodhead Creek Reg Water Auth
East Stroudsburg, PA
22,5002 of 90.84 ppb
(0 to 6.2 ppb)
7Red Rose Motel
PA
252 of 40.75 ppb
(0 to 2 ppb)
8N Middleton Water Auth
Carlisle, PA
7,4005 of 80.66 ppb
(0 to 2 ppb)
9Youngsville Mun Waterworks
Youngsville, PA
2,1004 of 60.6 ppb
(0 to 1.2 ppb)
10Success Rehabilitation
Limeport, PA
901 of 80.5 ppb
(0 to 4 ppb)

Health Based Limits for Di(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate

StandardDescriptionLevel
Maximum Contaminant Limit Goal (MCLG)A non-enforceable health goal that is set at a level at which no known or anticipated adverse effect on the health of persons occurs and which allows an adequate margin of safety. Source: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.0 ppb
One in one million (10-6) Cancer RiskThe concentration of a chemical in drinking water corresponding to an excess estimated lifetime cancer risk of 1 in 1,000,000. Source: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.3 ppb
Maximum Contaminant Limit (MCL)The enforceable standard which defines the highest level of a contaminant that is allowed in drinking water. MCLs are set as close to health-based limits (Maximum Contaminant Level Goals, or MCLGs) as feasible using the best available analytical and treatment technologies and taking cost into consideration. Source: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.6 ppb
California Public Health GoalsDefined by the State of California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) as the level of contaminant that is allowed in drinking water. For acutely toxic substances, levels are set at which scientific evidence indicates that no known or anticipated adverse effects on health will occur, plus an adequate margin-of safety. PHGs for carcinogens or other substances which can cause chronic disease shall be based solely on health effects without regard to cost impacts and shall be set at levels which OEHHA has determined do not pose any significant risk to health.12 ppb
One in ten thousand (10-4) Cancer RiskThe concentration of a chemical in drinking water corresponding to an excess estimated lifetime cancer risk of 1 in 10,000. Source: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.300 ppb
Drinking Water Equivalent LevelA lifetime exposure concentration protective of adverse, noncarcinogenic health effects, that assumes all of the exposure to a contaminant is from drinking water. Source: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.700 ppb

Violation Summary for Di(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate in Pennsylvania

Data from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency includes the following violations of federal standards in Pennsylvania since 2004

Violation TypeNumber of Violations
Failure to monitor regularly116
Over maximum contaminant level, Average3
Failure to monitor: Check/Repeat/Confirmation sampling1
Over maximum contaminant level, Single Sample1