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Benzo[k]fluoranthene in Rhode Island

Benzo[k]fluoranthene is a polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon (PAH) released from combustion of fossil fuels and waste incinerators; it may leach into tap water from water distribution system tanks and pipes lined with coal tar or asphalt.

The Most Polluted Communities in Rhode Island

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

Ranked by highest average Benzo[k]fluoranthene level

RankSystem Population Served Positive test results of total reported tests Average Level
1Bristol County Water Authority
Warren, RI
51,0001 of 11< 0.01 ppb
(0 to 0.09 ppb)
2City of Newport
Newport, RI
43,8093 of 23< 0.01 ppb
(0 to 0.09 ppb)

Health Based Limits for Benzo[k]fluoranthene

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[k]fluoranthene in Rhode Island

There are no violations reported for this contaminant in Rhode Island