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Tetrachloroethylene (perchloroethylene)

Clearwater Water System

Dry cleaning chemical tetrachloroethylene, or perc, can cause cancer. It pollutes soil and groundwater due to emissions from dry cleaning facilities, and automotive, metalworking and other industries. Read More.

The EPA considers tetrachloroethylene a likely human carcinogen. It has been linked with increased incidence of lung, breast and colon cancers. Tetrachloroethylene also damages the liver, kidneys and central nervous system. The California public health goal of 0.06 parts per billion, set to protect against cancer, is 80 times lower than the amount allowed by the federal government, which is a Maximum Contaminant Level of 5 parts per billion.

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18

Samples

0

Samples exceeding legal limit (MCL)

0

Samples exceeding
health guidelines

Testing results - average by year

 
YearAverage resultSamples takenDetectionsRange of results
2010ND30ND
2011ND30ND
2012ND30ND
2013ND30ND
2014ND10ND
2015ND50ND

ppb = parts per billion.

State and national drinking water standards and health guidelines

Health Guideline 0.06 ppb

The health guideline of 0.06 ppb for tetrachloroethylene 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.

ppb = parts per billion.

EPA Maximum Contaminant
Level (MCL) 5 ppb

The enforceable federal standard that defines the highest level of a contaminant allowed in drinking water.

ppb = parts per billion.

EPA Maximum Contaminant
Level Goal (MCLG)0 ppb

A non-enforceable federal health guideline. For cancer-causing chemicals, these health goals are typically set to zero.

ppb = parts per billion.

All test results

Date Result
2010-02-10ND
2010-02-10ND
2010-02-11ND
2011-02-16ND
2011-02-16ND
2011-02-16ND
2012-02-10ND
2012-02-10ND
2012-02-10ND
2013-02-01ND
2013-02-01ND
2013-02-01ND
2014-02-13ND
2015-01-13ND
2015-01-13ND
2015-05-07ND
2015-09-23ND
2015-11-18ND