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EWG's Tap Water Database — 2019 UPDATE

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Styrene

City of Post Falls

Styrene is a volatile cancer-causing chemical used for manufacturing Styrofoam (polystyrene) and other plastics. Releases from industrial production sites and hazardous waste landfills cause styrene contamination in drinking water. Read More.

In addition to increasing the risk of cancer, styrene can also damage the liver and the nervous system. California set a public health goal for styrene in drinking water at 0.5 parts per billion. The federal Maximum Contaminant Level (MCL) allows up to 100 parts per billion of styrene in water, which is 200 times more than the California recommended level.

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16

Samples

0

Samples exceeding legal limit (MCL)

0

Samples exceeding
health guidelines

Testing results - average by year

 
YearAverage resultSamples takenDetectionsRange of results
2012N/A00N/A
2013ND50ND
2014ND90ND
2015ND10ND
2016ND10ND
2017N/A00N/A

ppb = parts per billion

State and national drinking water standards and health guidelines

EWG Health Guideline 0.5 ppb

The EWG Health Guideline of 0.5 ppb for styrene 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) 100 ppb

The legal limit for styrene, established in 1991, was based on a toxicity study in laboratory animals conducted in the 1970s. This limit may not fully protect against the risk of cancer due to styrene exposure.

ppb = parts per billion

All test results

Date Lab ID Result
2013-06-19V141156ND
2013-06-19V141157ND
2013-06-19V141158ND
2013-06-19V141159ND
2013-10-30V145900ND
2014-01-27V012714105ND
2014-01-27V012714104ND
2014-03-21V149079ND
2014-06-02V060214129ND
2014-06-02V060214104ND
2014-06-02V060214103ND
2014-06-02V060214105ND
2014-06-24V151797ND
2014-09-04V154278ND
2015-09-14V164591ND
2016-12-14V178367ND