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EWG's Tap Water Database — 2019 UPDATE

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1,2-Dibromo-3-chloropropane (DBCP)

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1,2-Dibromo-3-chloropropane is a pesticide fumigant banned in the 1970s after scientists discovered it caused sterility in men who worked with it. The chemical causes cancer in laboratory animals and may cause cancer in people. Read More.

This pesticide breaks down very slowly in the environment. It remains in groundwater and drinking water wells in the agricultural areas where it was sprayed in the past. Men exposed to this pesticide in the fields suffered from infertility and testicular damage, and tended to have fewer male babies.

 

20

Samples

0

Samples exceeding legal limit (MCL)

0

Samples exceeding
health guidelines

Testing results - average by year

 
YearAverage resultSamples takenDetectionsRange of results
2012ND20ND
2013ND30ND
2014ND50ND
2015ND20ND
2016ND60ND
2017ND20ND

ppb = parts per billion

State and national drinking water standards and health guidelines

EWG Health Guideline 0.0017 ppb

The EWG Health Guideline of 0.0017 ppb for 1,2-dibromo-3-chloropropane 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) 0.2 ppb

The legal limit for 1,2-dibromo-3-chloropropane, established in 1991, was based on analytical detection limits at the time that the standard was set. This limit does not fully protect against the risk of cancer due to 1,2-dibromo-3-chloropropane exposure.

ppb = parts per billion

All test results

Date Lab ID Result
2012-05-01AH57752ND
2012-11-05AH83257ND
2013-02-05AH88452ND
2013-02-05AH88451ND
2013-10-02AI19612ND
2014-01-20AI26898ND
2014-01-20AI26899ND
2014-05-05AI39470ND
2014-07-30AI47500ND
2014-11-03AI58784ND
2015-03-24AI69582ND
2015-03-24AI69581ND
2016-03-28AJ08845ND
2016-04-25AJ10827ND
2016-04-25AJ10826ND
2016-06-14AJ14221ND
2016-09-19AJ28309ND
2016-11-14AJ33588ND
2017-06-13AJ57616ND
2017-08-07AJ63013ND