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EWG's Tap Water Database — 2019 UPDATE

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Benzo[a]pyrene

City of Caldwell

Benzo[a]pyrene is a polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon, or PAH, released from combustion of fossil fuels and waste incinerators. PAHs increase the risk of cancer; damage the immune, nervous and reproductive systems; and can harm developing fetuses.

 

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
2013ND40ND
2014ND40ND
2015ND30ND
2016ND50ND
2017N/A00N/A

ppb = parts per billion

State and national drinking water standards and health guidelines

EWG Health Guideline 0.007 ppb

The EWG Health Guideline of 0.007 ppb for benzo[a]pyrene 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 benzo[a]pyrene, established in 1992, was based on analytical detection limits at the time that the standard was set. This limit may not fully protect against the risk of cancer due to PAH exposure.

ppb = parts per billion

All test results

Date Lab ID Result
2013-09-25S1341763ND
2013-09-25S1341762ND
2013-09-25S1341755ND
2013-09-25S1341752ND
2014-02-26S1407039ND
2014-06-18S1422594ND
2014-09-29S1438512ND
2014-11-13S1445335ND
2015-03-10S1509143ND
2015-05-06S1517379ND
2015-09-24S1541055ND
2016-09-06S1640378ND
2016-09-06S1640377ND
2016-09-06S1640376ND
2016-09-06S1640375ND
2016-09-06S1640374ND