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m- & p- Xylene in Alaska


Xylene is a petroleum-derived solvent used in the printing, rubber, and leather industries, and as a cleaning agent, a thinner for paint, and an ingredient in paints and varnishes.

The Most Polluted Communities in Alaska

8 water utilities reported detecting m- & p- Xylene in tap water since 2004, according to EWG's analysis of water quality data supplied by state water agencies

Ranked by highest average m- & p- Xylene level

RankSystem Population Served Positive test results of total reported tests Average Level
(Range)
1Nsbu - Nuiqsut
Barrow, AK
4331 of 131.2 ppb
(31.2 ppb)
2Creekwood Apartments Limited Partnership
Palmer, AK
1921 of 12.9 ppb
(2.9 ppb)
3Wasilla Water System
Wasilla, AK
13,8721 of 12.9 ppb
(2.9 ppb)
4Ruby Water System
Ruby, AK
4051 of 11.47 ppb
(1.47 ppb)
5Nsbu - Kaktovik (Barter Is)
Barrow, AK
3031 of 11.31 ppb
(1.31 ppb)
6Nsbu - Wainwright
Barrow, AK
5851 of 11 ppb
(1 ppb)
7Port Alexander Pws
Port Alexander, AK
951 of 10.75 ppb
(0.75 ppb)
8Nsbu - Point Hope
Barrow, AK
8341 of 10.67 ppb
(0.67 ppb)

Health Based Limits for m- & p- Xylene

StandardDescriptionLevel
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.10000 ppb
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.10000 ppb

Violation Summary for m- & p- Xylene in Alaska

There are no violations reported for this contaminant in Alaska