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Nitrobenzene in Maine


Nitrobenzene is a synthetic chemical used in the production of aniline, which is used to make dyes, herbicides and drugs.

The Most Polluted Communities in Maine

1 water utilities reported detecting Nitrobenzene in tap water since 2004, according to EWG's analysis of water quality data supplied by state water agencies

Ranked by highest average Nitrobenzene level

RankSystem Population Served Positive test results of total reported tests Average Level
(Range)
1Limestone Water & Sewer District
Limestone, ME
8531 of 50.12 ppb
(0 to 0.58 ppb)

Health Based Limits for Nitrobenzene

StandardDescriptionLevel
Health-Based Screening LevelA benchmark concentration of contaminants in water that may be of potential concern for human health, if exceeded. For noncarcinogens, the HBSL represents the contaminant concentration in drinking water that is not expected to cause any adverse effects over a lifetime of exposure. For carcinogens, the HBSL range represents the contaminant concentration in drinking water that corresponds to an excess estimated lifetime cancer risk of 1 chance in 1 million to 1 chance in 10 thousand. Source: U.S. Geological Survey.4 ppb
EPA Human Health Water Quality CriteriaWater quality criteria set by the US EPA provide guidance for states and tribes authorized to establish water quality standards under the Clean Water Act (CWA) to protect human health. These are non-enforceable standards based upon exposure by both drinking water and the contribution of water contamination to other consumed foods. Source: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.17 ppb

Violation Summary for Nitrobenzene in Maine

There are no violations reported for this contaminant in Maine