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EWG's Tap Water Database — 2019 UPDATE

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Pentachlorophenol

Miramar (East & West) Plants

Pentachlorophenol is a carcinogenic chemical used as a wood preservative. It harms developing fetuses, and causes immune suppression and hormone disruption.

 

13

Samples

0

Samples exceeding legal limit (MCL)

0

Samples exceeding
health guidelines

Testing results - average by year

 
YearAverage resultSamples takenDetectionsRange of results
2012ND20ND
2013ND10ND
2014ND40ND
2015ND20ND
20160.0150 ppb21ND - 0.0300 ppb
2017ND20ND

ppb = parts per billion

State and national drinking water standards and health guidelines

EWG Health Guideline 0.3 ppb

The EWG Health Guideline of 0.3 ppb for pentachlorophenol 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) 1 ppb

The legal limit for pentachlorophenol, established in 1991, was based on analytical detection limits at the time that the standard was set.

ppb = parts per billion

All test results

Date Result
2012-09-13ND
2012-09-13ND
2013-09-10ND
2014-09-09ND
2014-09-09ND
2014-11-19ND
2014-11-19ND
2015-09-09ND
2015-09-10ND
2016-09-130.0300 ppb
2016-09-13ND
2017-09-29ND
2017-09-29ND