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EWG's Tap Water Database — 2019 UPDATE

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1,2-Dibromo-3-chloropropane (DBCP)

Moore County Public Util. - Pinehurst

1,2-Dibromo-3-chloropropane is a pesticide fumigant banned in the 1970s after scientists discovered it caused sterility in men who worked with it. The chemical causes cancer in laboratory animals and may cause cancer in people. Read More.

This pesticide breaks down very slowly in the environment. It remains in groundwater and drinking water wells in the agricultural areas where it was sprayed in the past. Men exposed to this pesticide in the fields suffered from infertility and testicular damage, and tended to have fewer male babies.

 

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 0.0017 ppb

The EWG Health Guideline of 0.0017 ppb for 1,2-dibromo-3-chloropropane 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 1,2-dibromo-3-chloropropane, 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 1,2-dibromo-3-chloropropane 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
2013-03-1937729_13-07721ND
2013-05-1437729_13-13229ND
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
2016-09-063541955ND
2016-09-063541949ND
2016-09-063541960ND
2016-09-133545841ND
2016-09-133545846ND
2016-09-133545851ND
2016-09-143545835ND
2016-09-143545830ND
2016-09-143545825ND
2016-09-193550522ND
2016-09-193550527ND
2016-09-193550532ND
2016-09-203550543ND
2016-09-203550548ND
2016-09-203550538ND