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EWG's Tap Water Database — 2019 UPDATE

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Styrene

Atlantic City Municipal Utilities Authority

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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41

Samples

0

Samples exceeding legal limit (MCL)

0

Samples exceeding
health guidelines

Testing results - average by year

 
YearAverage resultSamples takenDetectionsRange of results
2012ND40ND
2013ND100ND
2014ND80ND
2015ND100ND
2016ND50ND
2017ND40ND

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
2012-04-26L4137880-1ND
2012-10-03K37856VOCND
2012-10-11L4355327-5ND
2012-11-28L4401344-1ND
2013-01-16L4462640-6ND
2013-01-16L38920VOCND
2013-01-23L39016VOCND
2013-04-16L4564986-2ND
2013-04-23L39915VOCND
2013-06-19L4650919-1ND
2013-07-25L4701713-1ND
2013-09-18L4771816-1ND
2013-10-03L4762169-18ND
2013-12-09L4862173-2ND
2014-01-16L4901499-1ND
2014-03-25L4988369-5ND
2014-07-01L1085611-2ND
2014-07-28L5178946-8ND
2014-07-28L5175072-3ND
2014-10-14L5288299-1ND
2014-11-05L5284676-6ND
2014-12-11M47835VOCND
2015-01-06N48013VOCND
2015-02-04N48329VOCND
2015-04-29N49417VOCND
2015-05-29N49936VOCND
2015-07-06N50510VOCND
2015-07-09L5700688-5ND
2015-07-21N50811VOCND
2015-08-13L5763792-1ND
2015-08-25NJ51418VOCND
2015-12-10L5956674-3ND
2016-01-06L5966600-5ND
2016-02-10L6066726-2ND
2016-04-06L6170012-2ND
2016-08-03L6366994-6ND
2016-10-05L6501851-2ND
2017-02-22L6687631-1ND
2017-04-06L6755583-1ND
2017-07-12L6903538-1ND
2017-10-16L6961470-1ND