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EWG's Tap Water Database — 2019 UPDATE

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1,2-Dichloroethane

Indiana American Water - Richmond

1,2-Dichloroethane is a volatile carcinogenic chemical used to make plastic products such as polyvinyl chloride. Read More.

Also known as ethylene dichloride, it has been widely used as an intermediate for manufacturing other chemicals and as a solvent. 1,2-Dichloroethane causes multiple types of cancer in animal studies, and damages liver, kidneys, and the immune and nervous systems. The EPA classifies 1,2-dichloroethane as a probable human carcinogen.

Click here to read more about carcinogenic VOCs.

 

17

Samples

0

Samples exceeding legal limit (MCL)

0

Samples exceeding
health guidelines

Testing results - average by year

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

ppb = parts per billion

State and national drinking water standards and health guidelines

EWG Health Guideline 0.4 ppb

The EWG Health Guideline of 0.4 ppb for 1,2-dichloroethane 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) 5 ppb

The legal limit for 1,2-dichloroethane, established in 1987, 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 1,2-dichloroethane exposure.

ppb = parts per billion

All test results

Date Lab ID Result
2012-04-03169551RV-1202ND
2012-04-03169541RV-1202ND
2013-04-08214053RV-1302ND
2013-04-08214058RV-1302ND
2014-04-22252191RV-1402ND
2014-04-22252196RV-1402ND
2014-04-22252201RV-1402ND
2015-04-0728646301RV-1502ND
2015-04-0728646801RV-1502ND
2016-04-11317319RV-1602ND
2016-04-11317324RV-1602ND
2017-04-0435194501RV-1702ND
2017-04-0435195001RV-1702ND
2017-04-0435195401RV-1702ND
2017-05-0235710901RV-1702ND
2017-07-17361588RV-1703ND
2017-10-03372170RV-1704ND