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Benzo[a]anthracene in California

Benzo[a]anthracene is a polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon (PAH) released from combustion of fossil fuels and waste incinerators.

The Most Polluted Communities in California

2 water utilities reported detecting Benzo[a]anthracene in tap water since 2004, according to EWG's analysis of water quality data supplied by state water agencies

Ranked by highest average Benzo[a]anthracene level

RankSystem Population Served Positive test results of total reported tests Average Level
1Lost Hills Utility District
Lost Hills, CA
2,7721 of 20.15 ppb
(0 to 0.3 ppb)
2Glendale-City, Water Dept.
Glendale, CA
200,0001 of 38< 0.01 ppb
(< .01 to 0.0005 ppb)

Health Based Limits for Benzo[a]anthracene

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.<0.01 ppb

Violation Summary for Benzo[a]anthracene in California

There are no violations reported for this contaminant in California