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EWG's Tap Water Database — 2019 UPDATE

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Ethylbenzene

City of Stuart - Water Plant

Ethylbenzene, a component of petroleum, is a volatile cancer-causing chemical primarily used for production of plastics and rubber. Ethylbenzene is also released from gasoline fuel emissions. Read More.

In animal studies, exposure to ethylbenzene causes tumors. Ethylbenzene can also damage lungs, liver, kidneys and the nervous system. The International Agency for Research on Cancer classifies ethylbenzene as “possibly carcinogenic to humans.”

 

64

Samples

0

Samples exceeding legal limit (MCL)

0

Samples exceeding
health guidelines

Testing results - average by year

 
YearAverage resultSamples takenDetectionsRange of results
2012ND40ND
2013ND50ND
2014ND60ND
2015ND40ND
20160.0900 ppb51ND - 0.450 ppb
2017ND400ND

ppb = parts per billion

State and national drinking water standards and health guidelines

EWG Health Guideline 300 ppb

The EWG Health Guideline of 300 ppb for ethylbenzene 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) 700 ppb

The legal limit for ethylbenzene, established in 1991, was based on a toxicity study in laboratory animals conducted in the 1950s.

ppb = parts per billion

All test results

Date Result
2012-03-05ND
2012-06-06ND
2012-07-11ND
2012-10-12ND
2013-04-04ND
2013-06-14ND
2013-06-14ND
2013-08-27ND
2013-10-24ND
2014-01-07ND
2014-04-04ND
2014-07-07ND
2014-08-15ND
2014-11-04ND
2014-12-16ND
2015-01-07ND
2015-04-01ND
2015-09-24ND
2015-12-24ND
2016-01-07ND
2016-04-11ND
2016-06-030.450 ppb
2016-07-26ND
2016-10-19ND
2017-01-17ND
2017-04-04ND
2017-07-27ND
2017-08-23ND
2017-08-23ND
2017-08-23ND
2017-08-23ND
2017-08-23ND
2017-08-23ND
2017-08-23ND
2017-08-23ND
2017-09-21ND
2017-09-27ND
2017-09-27ND
2017-09-27ND
2017-09-27ND
2017-09-27ND
2017-09-27ND
2017-09-27ND
2017-09-27ND
2017-10-20ND
2017-11-22ND
2017-11-22ND
2017-11-22ND
2017-11-22ND
2017-11-22ND
2017-11-22ND
2017-11-22ND
2017-11-22ND
2017-11-22ND
2017-11-22ND
2017-12-06ND
2017-12-06ND
2017-12-06ND
2017-12-06ND
2017-12-06ND
2017-12-06ND
2017-12-06ND
2017-12-06ND
2017-12-06ND