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Toxaphene

Status: National drinking water standard exists

 

Toxaphene is a neurotoxic, persistent and bioaccumulative insecticide classified by the EPA as a probable human carcinogen.

2015:

FOUND
FOUND ABOVE HEALTH GUIDELINES

1

states detected

1

utilities detected

30

people served

1

states over health guideline

1

utilities over health guideline

30

people served over health guideline

Health concerns for toxaphene

Cancer

Harm to the brain and nervous system

Harm to the liver

Harm to the kidney

Hormone disruption

State and national drinking water standards and health guidelines

Health Guideline 0.03 ppb

The health guideline of 0.03 ppb for toxaphene was defined by the California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment as a public health goal, the level of a drinking water contaminant that does not pose a significant health risk. This health guideline protects against cancer.

ppb = parts per billion.

EPA Maximum Contaminant
Level (MCL) 3 ppb

The enforceable federal standard that defines the highest level of a contaminant allowed in drinking water.

ppb = parts per billion.

EPA Maximum Contaminant
Level Goal (MCLG)0 ppb

A non-enforceable federal health guideline. For cancer-causing chemicals, these health goals are typically set to zero.

ppb = parts per billion.

States reporting toxaphene in drinking water

UTILITIES REPORTING ABOVE HEALTH GUIDELINES UTILITIES WITH CONTAMINATION
State UtilitiesPeople Served UtilitiesPeople Served
North Carolina130130
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Utilities with the highest amounts of toxaphene, 2015

ALL UTILITIES
LARGE UTILITIES
UtilityLocationTestsAverage levelPeople served
Sanfords Creek SubdivisionColfax, NC1 of 31.70 ppb30
UtilityLocationTestsAverage levelPeople served