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EWG's Tap Water Database — 2021 UPDATE

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1,2-Dichloroethane

Penn State Univ.

1,2-Dichloroethane is a volatile carcinogenic chemical used to make plastic products such as polyvinyl chloride. Read More.

Also known as ethylene dichloride, it has been widely used as an intermediate for manufacturing other chemicals and as a solvent. 1,2-Dichloroethane causes multiple types of cancer in animal studies, and damages liver, kidneys, and the immune and nervous systems. The EPA classifies 1,2-dichloroethane as a probable human carcinogen.

Click here to read more about carcinogenic VOCs.

 

71

Samples

0

Samples exceeding legal limit (MCL)

0

Samples exceeding
health guidelines

Testing results - average by year

 
YearAverage resultSamples takenDetectionsRange of results
2014ND140ND
2015ND70ND
2016ND240ND
2017ND130ND
2018ND90ND
2019ND40ND

ppb = parts per billion

State and national drinking water standards and health guidelines

EWG Health Guideline 0.4 ppb

The EWG Health Guideline of 0.4 ppb for 1,2-dichloroethane 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.

EPA Maximum Contaminant
Level (MCL) 5 ppb

The legal limit for 1,2-dichloroethane, established in 1987, was based on analytical detection limits at the time that the standard was set. This limit may not fully protect against the risk of cancer due to 1,2-dichloroethane exposure.

ppb = parts per billion

All test results

Date Lab ID Result
2014-01-234A23025-06ND
2014-01-234A23025-07ND
2014-01-234A23033-06ND
2014-02-204B20042-07ND
2014-02-204B20042-06ND
2014-02-204B20041-07ND
2014-03-114C11016-07ND
2014-03-114C11027-07ND
2014-03-114C11016-06ND
2014-04-094D09031-01ND
2014-04-094D09037-01ND
2014-04-094D09036-01ND
2014-06-114F11107-04ND
2014-06-114F11107-05ND
2015-01-2113561269ND
2015-11-1113561206ND
2015-11-1113561158ND
2015-11-1113561182ND
2015-12-1013681475ND
2015-12-1013681511ND
2015-12-1013681474ND
2016-02-2313917100ND
2016-02-2313917064ND
2016-02-2313917099ND
2016-03-1614032200ND
2016-03-1614032223ND
2016-03-1614032177ND
2016-04-2014163585ND
2016-04-2014163586ND
2016-04-2014163550ND
2016-05-1814312893ND
2016-05-1814312894ND
2016-05-1814312930ND
2016-06-2114471218ND
2016-06-2114471219ND
2016-06-2114471256ND
2016-07-1914636461ND
2016-07-1914636460ND
2016-07-1914636423ND
2016-08-2314804505ND
2016-08-2314804480ND
2016-08-2314804530ND
2016-09-2814975877ND
2016-09-2814975876ND
2016-09-2814975914ND
2017-01-1715573233ND
2017-01-1715573232ND
2017-01-1815573195ND
2017-02-2315709646ND
2017-02-2315709645ND
2017-03-2315850700ND
2017-03-2815850828ND
2017-04-1816001576ND
2017-04-1816001575ND
2017-07-1216473287ND
2017-08-0316629362ND
2017-10-3116937425ND
2017-11-3017077364ND
2018-01-318A31018-01ND
2018-02-208B21092-08ND
2018-02-228B23070-07ND
2018-04-118D12138-07ND
2018-04-268D27100-10ND
2018-06-018F01151-05ND
2018-07-118G12180-04ND
2018-08-018H02080-01ND
2018-10-048J05241-01ND
2019-02-219B22087-01ND
2019-05-099E13165-01ND
2019-08-149H15241-01ND
2019-10-249J28033-01ND