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Benzene

Cole County PWSD 1

Benzene is a known human carcinogen. It also damages blood cells and the nervous system. Emissions from petroleum processing, hazardous waste landfills and underground storage tanks contaminate drinking water with benzene. Read More.

To protect against cancer risks, California set a public health goal for benzene in drinking water at 0.15 parts per billion, 30 times lower than the federal legal limit of 5 parts per billion.

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12

Samples

0

Samples exceeding legal limit (MCL)

0

Samples exceeding
health guidelines

Testing results - average by year

 
YearAverage resultSamples takenDetectionsRange of results
2010N/A00N/A
2011N/A00N/A
2012ND60ND
2013N/A00N/A
2014N/A00N/A
2015ND60ND

ppb = parts per billion.

State and national drinking water standards and health guidelines

Health Guideline 0.15 ppb

The health guideline of 0.15 ppb for benzene 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.

ppb = parts per billion.

EPA Maximum Contaminant
Level (MCL) 5 ppb

The enforceable federal standard that defines the highest level of a contaminant allowed in drinking water.

ppb = parts per billion.

EPA Maximum Contaminant
Level Goal (MCLG)0 ppb

A non-enforceable federal health guideline. For cancer-causing chemicals, these health goals are typically set to zero.

ppb = parts per billion.

All test results

Date Lab ID Result
2012-02-16AB66791ND
2012-02-16AB66790ND
2012-02-16AB66792ND
2012-02-16AB66794ND
2012-02-16AB66795ND
2012-03-26AB70043ND
2015-02-18AC42776ND
2015-02-18AC42779ND
2015-02-18AC42780ND
2015-02-18AC42778ND
2015-02-18AC42777ND
2015-02-18AC42775ND