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EWG's Tap Water Database — 2019 UPDATE

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2,4-D

Miramar (East & West) Plants

2,4-D (2,4-dichlorophenoxyacetic acid) is a herbicide that can be applied directly to GMO corn and soy plants engineered to withstand this toxic chemical. Americans' exposures to 2,4-D from food and drinking water will likely increase in years to come as farmers plant more of these GMO crops. Read More.

2,4-D is an endocrine disruptor that interferes with thyroid hormones. The International Agency for Research on Cancer classifies 2,4-D as possibly carcinogenic to humans. In occupational studies, farmers exposed to 2,4-D tended to have higher incidences of damaged and malformed sperm. Laboratory animals exposed to 2,4-D during gestation are born underdeveloped and are more likely to have birth defects.

 

19

Samples

0

Samples exceeding legal limit (MCL)

0

Samples exceeding
health guidelines

Testing results - average by year

 
YearAverage resultSamples takenDetectionsRange of results
2012ND20ND
2013ND10ND
20140.400 ppb41ND - 1.60 ppb
2015ND60ND
20160.0203 ppb41ND - 0.0810 ppb
2017ND20ND

ppb = parts per billion

State and national drinking water standards and health guidelines

EWG Health Guideline 20 ppb

The EWG Health Guideline of 20 ppb for 2,4-D 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 harm to internal organs.

EPA Maximum Contaminant
Level (MCL) 70 ppb

The legal limit for 2,4-D, established in 1991, was based on toxicity studies in laboratory animals conducted in the 1980s. This limit may not fully protect against harm to the nervous system, harm to the thyroid, and hormone disruption.

ppb = parts per billion

All test results

Date Result
2012-09-13ND
2012-09-13ND
2013-09-10ND
2014-09-09ND
2014-09-09ND
2014-11-191.60 ppb
2014-11-19ND
2015-02-25ND
2015-05-20ND
2015-09-09ND
2015-09-10ND
2015-09-10ND
2015-11-09ND
2016-02-22ND
2016-09-130.0810 ppb
2016-09-13ND
2016-11-10ND
2017-09-29ND
2017-09-29ND