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EWG's Tap Water Database — 2019 UPDATE

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1,2-Dichloropropane

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1,2-Dichloropropane is a volatile carcinogenic solvent discharged from chemical factories and landfills. It also contaminates farmland due to its former use as a soil fumigant. Read More.

The insecticide and fumigant uses of 1,2-dichloropropane were discontinued in the 1980s, but it is still used as an industrial solvent. The California public health goal of 0.5 parts per billion, set to protect against cancer, is 10 times lower than the amount allowed by the federal government, which is a Maximum Contaminant Level of 5 parts per billion. 1,2-Dichloropropane can also damage the nervous system, liver, kidneys, and digestive and respiratory systems.

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Samples

0

Samples exceeding legal limit (MCL)

0

Samples exceeding
health guidelines

Testing results - average by year

 
YearAverage resultSamples takenDetectionsRange of results
2012ND60ND
2013ND60ND
2014ND50ND
2015ND60ND
2016ND50ND
2017ND80ND

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 1,2-dichloropropane 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-dichloropropane, established in 1991, 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.

ppb = parts per billion

All test results

Date Lab ID Result
2012-01-122706-002-0820ND
2012-01-232706-002-1230ND
2012-04-242706-002-0900ND
2012-07-122706-002-0835ND
2012-10-222706-003-1055ND
2012-10-222706-002-1040ND
2013-01-212706-002-1140ND
2013-04-162706-002-0820ND
2013-09-272706-002-0825ND
2013-10-102706-002-0914ND
2013-10-242706-002-0900ND
2013-10-242706-003-0930ND
2014-02-069588-002-0916ND
2014-04-169588-002-1015ND
2014-07-319588-002-0915ND
2014-12-099588-003-0914ND
2014-12-129588-002-0938ND
2015-03-209588-002-0930ND
2015-04-249588-002-0940ND
2015-07-309588-002-1133ND
2015-09-259588-002-0905ND
2015-10-239588-002-0932ND
2015-10-269588-003-0929ND
2016-01-299588-003-0900ND
2016-03-299588-002-0926ND
2016-05-279588-002-0915ND
2016-07-229588-002-0939ND
2016-10-149588-002-0930ND
2017-01-279588-002-0920ND
2017-02-109588-002-0850ND
2017-02-249588-003-0910ND
2017-03-109588-002-0925ND
2017-04-219588-002-0907ND
2017-07-149588-002-0915ND
2017-10-279588-002-0950ND
2017-11-179588-002-1115ND