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EWG's Tap Water Database — 2019 UPDATE

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Styrene

Beverly Hills Water Department

Styrene is a volatile cancer-causing chemical used for manufacturing Styrofoam (polystyrene) and other plastics. Releases from industrial production sites and hazardous waste landfills cause styrene contamination in drinking water. Read More.

In addition to increasing the risk of cancer, styrene can also damage the liver and the nervous system. California set a public health goal for styrene in drinking water at 0.5 parts per billion. The federal Maximum Contaminant Level (MCL) allows up to 100 parts per billion of styrene in water, which is 200 times more than the California recommended level.

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21

Samples

0

Samples exceeding legal limit (MCL)

0

Samples exceeding
health guidelines

Testing results - average by year

 
YearAverage resultSamples takenDetectionsRange of results
2012ND40ND
2013ND40ND
2014ND40ND
2015ND40ND
2016ND40ND
2017ND10ND

ppb = parts per billion

State and national drinking water standards and health guidelines

EWG Health Guideline 0.5 ppb

The EWG Health Guideline of 0.5 ppb for styrene 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) 100 ppb

The legal limit for styrene, established in 1991, was based on a toxicity study in laboratory animals conducted in the 1970s. This limit may not fully protect against the risk of cancer due to styrene exposure.

ppb = parts per billion

All test results

Date Lab ID Result
2012-11-089469-014-0415ND
2012-11-089469-012-0440ND
2012-11-089469-015-0345ND
2012-12-319469-013-1000ND
2013-11-079469-013-0045ND
2013-11-079469-012-0115ND
2013-11-079469-014-0010ND
2013-11-079469-015-0245ND
2014-11-139469-013-0920ND
2014-11-139469-014-0945ND
2014-11-139469-012-0850ND
2014-11-139469-015-0812ND
2015-10-139469-013-0747ND
2015-10-139469-014-0808ND
2015-10-139469-015-0840ND
2015-10-139469-012-0725ND
2016-11-219469-014-1002ND
2016-11-219469-013-0947ND
2016-11-219469-015-1019ND
2016-11-219469-012-0924ND
2017-10-129469-014-0805ND