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Total polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) in New York

Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) are a group of highly toxic chlorinated industrial chemicals used as dielectrics, coolants and lubricants in electrical equipment; PCBs contaminate water by leaching from landfills or other waste deposits. [read more]

The Most Polluted Communities in New York

3 water utilities reported detecting Total polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) in tap water since 2004, according to EWG's analysis of water quality data supplied by state water agencies

Ranked by highest average Total polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) level

RankSystem Population Served Positive test results of total reported tests Average Level
1Mcwa, Genesee West
Rochester, NY
8001 of 20.04 ppb
(0 to 0.07 ppb)
2Waterford Water Works
Waterford, NY
12,0002 of 51< 0.01 ppb
(0 to 0.02 ppb)
3Halfmoon Water District
Halfmoon, NY
11,7211 of 58< 0.01 ppb
(< .01 to 0.006985 ppb)

Health Based Limits for Total polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs)

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
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
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.0.09 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.0.1 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.0.5 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.10 ppb

Violation Summary for Total polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) in New York

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

Violation TypeNumber of Violations
Failure to monitor regularly103