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EWG's Tap Water Database — 2019 UPDATE

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Ethylbenzene

City of Kearney

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.”

 

104

Samples

0

Samples exceeding legal limit (MCL)

0

Samples exceeding
health guidelines

Testing results - average by year

 
YearAverage resultSamples takenDetectionsRange of results
2012ND210ND
2013ND160ND
2014ND170ND
2015ND170ND
2016ND160ND
2017ND170ND

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
2012-01-17153168ND
2012-01-17153169ND
2012-01-17153170ND
2012-03-12151698ND
2012-03-12151699ND
2012-03-12151700ND
2012-03-12151701ND
2012-04-16169631ND
2012-04-16169632ND
2012-04-16169633ND
2012-04-16169634ND
2012-07-16187274ND
2012-07-16187275ND
2012-07-16187276ND
2012-07-23184571ND
2012-07-23190535ND
2012-08-13186495ND
2012-11-13205034ND
2012-11-13205035ND
2012-11-13205036ND
2012-11-13205037ND
2013-03-11217896ND
2013-03-11217897ND
2013-03-11217898ND
2013-03-11217899ND
2013-06-10231375ND
2013-06-10231376ND
2013-06-10231377ND
2013-06-10231378ND
2013-09-09252488ND
2013-09-09252489ND
2013-09-09252484ND
2013-09-09252485ND
2013-10-15267466ND
2013-10-15267463ND
2013-10-15267464ND
2013-10-15267465ND
2014-01-13283334ND
2014-01-13283335ND
2014-01-13283336ND
2014-01-13283337ND
2014-01-21279171ND
2014-04-15295168ND
2014-04-15295169ND
2014-04-15295170ND
2014-04-15295167ND
2014-07-14312006ND
2014-07-14312007ND
2014-07-14312008ND
2014-07-14312009ND
2014-11-03332941ND
2014-11-03332942ND
2014-11-03332943ND
2014-11-03332944ND
2015-02-03346562ND
2015-02-03346563ND
2015-02-03346564ND
2015-02-03346565ND
2015-02-17345988ND
2015-05-04361744ND
2015-05-04361745ND
2015-05-04361746ND
2015-05-04361747ND
2015-08-03374563ND
2015-08-03374564ND
2015-08-03374565ND
2015-08-03374562ND
2015-11-02393723ND
2015-11-02393724ND
2015-11-02393725ND
2015-11-02393726ND
2016-02-01ND
2016-02-01ND
2016-02-01ND
2016-02-01ND
2016-05-02ND
2016-05-02ND
2016-05-02ND
2016-05-02ND
2016-08-01ND
2016-08-01ND
2016-08-01ND
2016-08-01ND
2016-11-08ND
2016-11-08ND
2016-11-08ND
2016-11-08ND
2017-01-23ND
2017-02-06ND
2017-02-06ND
2017-02-06ND
2017-02-06ND
2017-05-01ND
2017-05-01ND
2017-05-01ND
2017-05-01ND
2017-08-08ND
2017-08-08ND
2017-08-08ND
2017-08-08ND
2017-11-07ND
2017-11-07ND
2017-11-07ND
2017-11-07ND