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EWG's Tap Water Database — 2019 UPDATE

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Tetrachloroethylene (perchloroethylene)

Town of Princess Anne

Dry cleaning chemical tetrachloroethylene, or perc, can cause cancer. It pollutes soil and groundwater due to emissions from dry cleaning facilities, and automotive, metalworking and other industries. Read More.

The EPA considers tetrachloroethylene a likely human carcinogen. It has been linked with increased incidence of lung, breast and colon cancers. Tetrachloroethylene also damages the liver, kidneys and central nervous system. The California public health goal of 0.06 parts per billion, set to protect against cancer, is 80 times lower than the amount allowed by the federal government, which is a Maximum Contaminant Level of 5 parts per billion.

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21

Samples

0

Samples exceeding legal limit (MCL)

0

Samples exceeding
health guidelines

Testing results - average by year

 
YearAverage resultSamples takenDetectionsRange of results
2012ND80ND
2013N/A00N/A
2014ND40ND
2015N/A00N/A
2016ND10ND
2017ND80ND

ppb = parts per billion

State and national drinking water standards and health guidelines

EWG Health Guideline 0.06 ppb

The EWG Health Guideline of 0.06 ppb for tetrachloroethylene 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 tetrachloroethylene, established in 1991, was based on analytical detection limits at the time that the standard was set. This limit does not fully protect against the risk of cancer due to tetrachloroethylene exposure.

ppb = parts per billion

All test results

Date Lab ID Result
2012-02-080190002_07_00424ND
2012-02-080190002_08_00424ND
2012-05-170190002_07_00593ND
2012-05-170190002_08_00593ND
2012-07-260190002_07_00312ND
2012-07-260190002_08_00312ND
2012-10-310190002_07_21890ND
2012-10-310190002_08_21890ND
2014-07-280190002_08_00408ND
2014-07-280190002_07_00408ND
2014-09-120190002_07_L5251ND
2014-09-120190002_08_L5251ND
2016-03-30E16003664001ND
2017-03-30E17003825004ND
2017-03-30E17003825006ND
2017-04-04L6753780-1ND
2017-04-12L6763074_1VOCND
2017-04-19L6769607-1ND
2017-04-19L6769607-2ND
2017-04-19L67696073ND
2017-06-13L6853722-1ND