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EWG's Tap Water Database — 2019 UPDATE

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Ethylbenzene

City of Nampa

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.

 

24

Samples

0

Samples exceeding legal limit (MCL)

0

Samples exceeding
health guidelines

Testing results - average by year

 
YearAverage resultSamples takenDetectionsRange of results
2012ND10ND
2013ND50ND
2014N/A00N/A
2015N/A00N/A
2016ND130ND
2017ND50ND

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

Date Lab ID Result
2012-02-29V58591ND
2013-12-04V1351135ND
2013-12-05V1351273ND
2013-12-12V1352283ND
2013-12-19V1353252ND
2013-12-19V1353246ND
2016-04-20V1616221ND
2016-07-20V1632285ND
2016-10-07V1646180ND
2016-11-17V1652977ND
2016-11-17V1652982ND
2016-11-17V1652993ND
2016-11-17V1652971ND
2016-11-17V1652973ND
2016-11-17V1652975ND
2016-11-17V1652985ND
2016-11-17V1652987ND
2016-11-17V1652991ND
2016-11-17V1652995ND
2017-01-31V1703805ND
2017-01-31V1703804ND
2017-04-11V1714411ND
2017-08-09V1735777ND
2017-10-18V1748770ND