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EWG's Tap Water Database — 2019 UPDATE

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Benzo[a]pyrene

Moore County Public Util. - Pinehurst

Benzo[a]pyrene is a polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon, or PAH, released from combustion of fossil fuels and waste incinerators. PAHs increase the risk of cancer; damage the immune, nervous and reproductive systems; and can harm developing fetuses.

 

36

Samples

0

Samples exceeding legal limit (MCL)

0

Samples exceeding
health guidelines

Testing results - average by year

 
YearAverage resultSamples takenDetectionsRange of results
2012ND30ND
2013ND30ND
2014N/A00N/A
2015N/A00N/A
2016ND300ND
2017N/A00N/A

ppb = parts per billion

State and national drinking water standards and health guidelines

EWG Health Guideline 0.007 ppb

The EWG Health Guideline of 0.007 ppb for benzo[a]pyrene 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) 0.2 ppb

The legal limit for benzo[a]pyrene, established in 1992, was based on analytical detection limits at the time that the standard was set. This limit may not fully protect against the risk of cancer due to PAH exposure.

ppb = parts per billion

All test results

Date Lab ID Result
2012-02-1437729_12-04108ND
2012-08-3037729_12-24129ND
2012-11-1937729_12-32872ND
2013-03-1913605942-02ND
2013-06-1237729_13-16377ND
2013-09-1737729_13-27690ND
2016-06-0737729_16-18166ND
2016-06-0737729_16-18167ND
2016-06-0737729_16-18168ND
2016-06-0737729_16-18169ND
2016-06-0737729_16-18170ND
2016-06-0737729_16-18171ND
2016-06-0737729_16-18165ND
2016-06-0737729_16-18164ND
2016-06-0737729_16-18163ND
2016-06-1037729_16-19321ND
2016-06-1237729_16-19317ND
2016-06-1237729_16-19320ND
2016-06-1337729_16-19322ND
2016-06-1337729_16-19323ND
2016-06-1337729_16-19324ND
2016-09-063541954ND
2016-09-063541948ND
2016-09-063541959ND
2016-09-133545837ND
2016-09-133545842ND
2016-09-133545847ND
2016-09-143545831ND
2016-09-143545826ND
2016-09-143545821ND
2016-09-193550518ND
2016-09-193550523ND
2016-09-193550528ND
2016-09-203550539ND
2016-09-203550544ND
2016-09-203550534ND