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Fluorene in Iowa

Fluorene is a polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon (PAH) released from the incomplete combustion of fuels including oil, gasoline, coal and wood, as well as waste materials; it is an intermediate in production of dyes and other chemicals.

The Most Polluted Communities in Iowa

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

Ranked by highest average Fluorene level

RankSystem Population Served Positive test results of total reported tests Average Level
1Plover Water Supply
Storm Lake, IA
951 of 19.1 ppb
(9.1 ppb)
2Palmer Water Supply
Palmer, IA
2141 of 20.2 ppb
(0 to 0.4 ppb)

Health Based Limits for Fluorene

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.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.1000 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.1100 ppb

Violation Summary for Fluorene in Iowa

There are no violations reported for this contaminant in Iowa