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EWG's Tap Water Database — 2019 UPDATE

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Ethylbenzene

Homer

NOTE: Homer purchases water from Banks County - Mountain Creek which is required to test for ethylbenzene. Sample information shown below was taken by Banks County - Mountain Creek.

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.”

 

6

Samples

0

Samples exceeding legal limit (MCL)

0

Samples exceeding
health guidelines

Testing results - average by year

 
YearAverage resultSamples takenDetectionsRange of results
2012ND10ND
2013ND40ND
2014ND60ND
2015ND10ND
2016ND10ND
2017ND10ND

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

NOTE: Homer purchases water from Banks County - Mountain Creek which is required to test for ethylbenzene. Sample information shown below was taken by Banks County - Mountain Creek.

Date Lab ID Result
2012-02-22AH53773ND
2013-03-04AH89961ND
2014-02-04AI27449ND
2015-02-02AI63851ND
2016-01-18AJ04538ND
2017-03-01AJ47254ND