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EWG's Tap Water Database — 2019 UPDATE

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Styrene

City of Gulfport

Styrene is a volatile cancer-causing chemical used for manufacturing Styrofoam (polystyrene) and other plastics. Releases from industrial production sites and hazardous waste landfills cause styrene contamination in drinking water. Read More.

In addition to increasing the risk of cancer, styrene can also damage the liver and the nervous system. California set a public health goal for styrene in drinking water at 0.5 parts per billion. The federal Maximum Contaminant Level (MCL) allows up to 100 parts per billion of styrene in water, which is 200 times more than the California recommended level.

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89

Samples

0

Samples exceeding legal limit (MCL)

2

Samples exceeding
health guidelines

Testing results - average by year

 
YearAverage resultSamples takenDetectionsRange of results
2012ND90ND
20130.0166 ppb311ND - 0.514 ppb
2014ND140ND
2015ND130ND
2016ND100ND
20170.0975 ppb121ND - 1.17 ppb

ppb = parts per billion

State and national drinking water standards and health guidelines

EWG Health Guideline 0.5 ppb

The EWG Health Guideline of 0.5 ppb for styrene 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) 100 ppb

The legal limit for styrene, established in 1991, was based on a toxicity study in laboratory animals conducted in the 1970s. This limit may not fully protect against the risk of cancer due to styrene exposure.

ppb = parts per billion

All test results

Date Lab ID Result
2012-01-30120131-013VOND
2012-04-04120405-006VOND
2012-08-20120821-007VOND
2012-08-20120821-006VOND
2012-08-22120823-008VOND
2012-09-25120926-008VOND
2012-10-15121016-008VOND
2012-10-15121016-007VOND
2012-10-16121017-001VOND
2013-01-22130123-007VOND
2013-01-24130125-003VOND
2013-01-24130125-004VOND
2013-04-18130419-003VOND
2013-04-18130419-002VOND
2013-04-18130419-001VOND
2013-05-29130530-013VOND
2013-06-18130619-009VOND
2013-06-18130619-013VOND
2013-06-18130619-012VOND
2013-06-18130619-011VOND
2013-06-18130619-010VOND
2013-06-18130619-014VOND
2013-06-18130619-020VOND
2013-06-18130619-016VOND
2013-06-18130619-015VOND
2013-06-18130619-021VOND
2013-06-18130619-019VOND
2013-06-18130619-018VOND
2013-06-18130619-017VOND
2013-06-24130626-004VOND
2013-06-25130626-003VOND
2013-06-25130626-002VOND
2013-06-25130626-001VOND
2013-07-18130719-001VO0.514 ppb
2013-07-18130719-009VOND
2013-07-18130719-010VOND
2013-10-21131022-028VOND
2013-10-21131022-027VOND
2013-10-21131022-026VOND
2013-10-21131022-012VOND
2014-01-21140122-024VOND
2014-01-21140122-002VOND
2014-01-21140122-001VOND
2014-04-17140418-003VOND
2014-04-17140418-002VOND
2014-04-17140418-001VOND
2014-06-11140612-009VOND
2014-06-11140612-008VOND
2014-08-13140814-003VOND
2014-08-13140814-004VOND
2014-08-13140814-005VOND
2014-10-15141016-016VOND
2014-10-15141016-015VOND
2014-10-15141016-014VOND
2015-02-24150225-009VOND
2015-02-24150225-010VOND
2015-02-24150225-011VOND
2015-04-23150424-009VOND
2015-04-23150424-008VOND
2015-04-23150424-007VOND
2015-07-01150702-002VOND
2015-07-23150724-005VOND
2015-07-23150724-006VOND
2015-07-23150724-007VOND
2015-10-27151028-010VOND
2015-10-27151028-009VOND
2015-10-27151028-008VOND
2016-02-24160225-002VOND
2016-02-24160225-003VOND
2016-02-24160225-004VOND
2016-05-17160518-026VOND
2016-05-17160518-025VOND
2016-05-17160518-024VOND
2016-07-19160720-001VOND
2016-07-19160720-002VOND
2016-07-19160720-003VOND
2016-12-06161207-003VOND
2017-02-27170228-019VOND
2017-02-27170228-018VOND
2017-02-27170228-020VOND
2017-05-18170519-003VOND
2017-05-18170519-002VOND
2017-05-18170519-001VOND
2017-07-26170727-003VOND
2017-07-26170727-001VOND
2017-07-26170727-002VOND
2017-11-02171103-004VOND
2017-11-02171103-003VOND
2017-11-02171103-002VO1.17 ppb