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EWG's Tap Water Database — 2019 UPDATE

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Ethylbenzene

Bladen County Water Dist-West Bladen

Ethylbenzene, a component of petroleum, is a volatile cancer-causing chemical primarily used for production of plastics and rubber. Ethylbenzene is also released from gasoline fuel emissions. Read More.

In animal studies, exposure to ethylbenzene causes tumors. Ethylbenzene can also damage lungs, liver, kidneys and the nervous system. The International Agency for Research on Cancer classifies ethylbenzene as “possibly carcinogenic to humans.”

 

86

Samples

0

Samples exceeding legal limit (MCL)

0

Samples exceeding
health guidelines

Testing results - average by year

 
YearAverage resultSamples takenDetectionsRange of results
20120.344 ppb163ND - 3.80 ppb
20130.0688 ppb161ND - 1.10 ppb
2014ND200ND
2015ND170ND
2016ND80ND
2017ND90ND

ppb = parts per billion

State and national drinking water standards and health guidelines

EWG Health Guideline 300 ppb

The EWG Health Guideline of 300 ppb for ethylbenzene 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 harm to internal organs.

EPA Maximum Contaminant
Level (MCL) 700 ppb

The legal limit for ethylbenzene, established in 1991, was based on a toxicity study in laboratory animals conducted in the 1950s.

ppb = parts per billion

All test results

Date Lab ID Result
2012-01-048527-010412-E11VND
2012-01-048527-010412-L06VND
2012-01-118527-011112-E08VND
2012-01-118527-011112-E09VND
2012-04-048527-040412-L06V3.80 ppb
2012-04-048527-040412-E11VND
2012-04-048527-040412-E09VND
2012-04-048527-040412-E08VND
2012-07-028527-070212-L06VND
2012-07-028527-070212-E11V0.900 ppb
2012-07-028527-070212-E09VND
2012-07-028527-070212-E08VND
2012-10-038527-100312-L06VND
2012-10-038527-100312-E11V0.800 ppb
2012-10-038527-100312-E09VND
2012-10-038527-100312-E08VND
2013-01-238527-012313-E08VND
2013-02-068527-020613-L06VND
2013-02-068527-020613-E11VND
2013-04-038527-040313-E08VND
2013-04-038527-040313-L06VND
2013-04-038527-040313-E11VND
2013-08-078527-080713-E05VND
2013-09-048527-090413-L06VND
2013-09-048527-090413-E11V1.10 ppb
2013-09-048527-090413-E09VND
2013-09-048527-090413-E08VND
2013-11-068527-110613-E11VND
2013-11-068527-110613-E09VND
2013-11-068527-110613-E08VND
2013-11-068527-110613-E05VND
2013-11-068527-110613-L06VND
2014-02-128527-021214-E11VND
2014-02-128527-021214-E09VND
2014-02-128527-021214-E08VND
2014-02-128527-021214-E05VND
2014-02-128527-021214-L06VND
2014-04-028527-040214-E05VND
2014-04-028527-040214-E08VND
2014-04-028527-040214-E11VND
2014-04-028527-040214-L06VND
2014-04-238527-042314-E04VND
2014-06-048527-060414-E04VND
2014-07-028527-070214-E05VND
2014-07-028527-070214-E08VND
2014-07-028527-070214-E11VND
2014-07-028527-070214-L06VND
2014-09-178527-091714-E09VND
2014-10-018527-100114-E05VND
2014-10-018527-100114-E08VND
2014-10-018527-100114-E11VND
2014-10-018527-100114-L06VND
2015-01-07ND
2015-01-07ND
2015-01-07ND
2015-01-07ND
2015-02-04ND
2015-04-01ND
2015-04-01ND
2015-04-01ND
2015-04-01ND
2015-07-01ND
2015-07-01ND
2015-07-01ND
2015-07-01ND
2015-09-02ND
2015-10-01ND
2015-10-01ND
2015-11-04ND
2016-01-068527-010616-E05VND
2016-04-068527-040616-E05VND
2016-07-058527-070516-L06VND
2016-07-058527-070516-E05VND
2016-09-068527-090616-E09VND
2016-10-048527-100416-E05VND
2016-10-048527-100416-E11VND
2016-11-028527-110216-E11VND
2017-01-048527-010417-E05VND
2017-04-058527-040517-E05VND
2017-04-058527-040517-E04VND
2017-07-058527-070517-L06VND
2017-07-058527-070517-E05VND
2017-09-058527-090517-E09VND
2017-10-048527-100417-E05VND
2017-10-048527-100417-E11VND
2017-10-048527-100417-L06VND