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EWG's Tap Water Database — 2019 UPDATE

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Di(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate

Town of Princess Anne

Di(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate, or DEHP, is a softener added to PVC plastics. Phthalates are hormone disruptors that target the male reproductive system. Read More.

DEHP can cross the placenta and disrupt steroid hormone synthesis, and may lead to cancer. In laboratory animals, exposure to DEHP during pregnancy harms fetal developmental and causes abnormalities in the male reproductive tract. Human epidemiological studies show certain phthalates, especially DEHP, are associated with reduced anogenital distance in human male infants, which is a measure of adverse developmental effects in human male infants exposed prenatally to endocrine disrupting chemicals. DEHP may also interfere with signaling related to the timing of birth and may have adverse effects on the immune system.

 

14

Samples

0

Samples exceeding legal limit (MCL)

0

Samples exceeding
health guidelines

Testing results - average by year

 
YearAverage resultSamples takenDetectionsRange of results
2012ND20ND
2013N/A00N/A
2014N/A00N/A
20150.0950 ppb21ND - 0.190 ppb
2016ND100ND
2017N/A00N/A

ppb = parts per billion

State and national drinking water standards and health guidelines

EWG Health Guideline 3 ppb

The EWG Health Guideline of 3 ppb for di(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate was defined by the Environmental Protection Agency as a one-in-a-million lifetime risk of cancer. Values greater than one-in-a-million cancer risk level can result in increased cancer cases above one in a million people.

EPA Maximum Contaminant
Level (MCL) 6 ppb

The legal limit for di(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate, established in 1992, was based on analytical detection limits at the time that the standard was set.

ppb = parts per billion

All test results

Date Lab ID Result
2012-09-110190002_07_00126ND
2012-09-110190002_08_00126ND
2015-09-22L5827349-10.190 ppb
2015-09-22E16001238001ND
2016-03-30E16003648004ND
2016-03-30E16003648002ND
2016-08-05E17000501005ND
2016-08-05E17000501002ND
2016-10-19E17001766001ND
2016-12-21L6605660_3_AND
2016-12-21L6605660_2_AND
2016-12-21L6605660_1_AND
2016-12-21L6605660_4_AND
2016-12-29L6609497ND