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EWG's Tap Water Database — 2019 UPDATE

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Ethylbenzene

Union Springs Village

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.”

 

22

Samples

0

Samples exceeding legal limit (MCL)

0

Samples exceeding
health guidelines

Testing results - average by year

 
YearAverage resultSamples takenDetectionsRange of results
2012ND30ND
2013ND40ND
2014ND40ND
2015ND40ND
2016ND40ND
2017ND30ND

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
2012-02-071Q2012POCUSND
2012-05-092Q2012POCUSND
2012-08-083Q2012POCUSND
2013-02-061Q2013POCUSND
2013-05-152Q2013POCSUSND
2013-08-063Q2013POCUSND
2013-11-134Q2013POCSUSND
2014-02-121Q2014POCSUSND
2014-04-162Q2014POCSUSND
2014-08-133Q2014POCSUSND
2014-11-054Q2014POCSUSND
2015-01-141Q2015VOCUSND
2015-05-062Q2015POCUSND
2015-08-043Q2015POCUSND
2015-09-293QD2015POCSUSND
2016-02-101Q2016VOCUSND
2016-05-052Q2016VOCUSND
2016-08-023Q2016VOCUSND
2016-11-094Q2016POCUSND
2017-02-081Q2017POCUSND
2017-05-092Q2017POCUSND
2017-08-083Q2017POCUSND