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EWG's Tap Water Database — 2019 UPDATE

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Ethylbenzene

United Wappinger Water Improvement District

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.”

 

39

Samples

0

Samples exceeding legal limit (MCL)

0

Samples exceeding
health guidelines

Testing results - average by year

 
YearAverage resultSamples takenDetectionsRange of results
2012ND90ND
2013ND90ND
2014ND80ND
2015N/A00N/A
2016ND80ND
2017ND50ND

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
2012-02-14SU12307ND
2012-02-29CM12388ND
2012-03-28UW12553-4ND
2012-12-05HT122232ND
2012-12-05HT122231ND
2012-12-05AT122238ND
2012-12-05AT122237ND
2012-12-05AT122235ND
2012-12-05HT122233ND
2013-06-05MB13982DND
2013-06-05MB13985DND
2013-12-04AT132305ND
2013-12-04HT132309ND
2013-12-04AT132303ND
2013-12-04HT132310ND
2013-12-04AT132306ND
2013-12-04AT132304ND
2013-12-04HT132308ND
2014-12-0912101426HND
2014-12-0912101426VND
2014-12-0912101427FND
2014-12-0912101427KND
2014-12-0912101426KND
2014-12-0912101426GND
2014-12-0912101426PND
2014-12-0912101427RND
2016-11-29UW164145ND
2016-11-29UW164139ND
2016-11-29UW164143ND
2016-11-29UW164137ND
2016-11-30UW164253FND
2016-11-30UW164251FND
2016-11-30UW164252FND
2016-11-30UW164254FND
2017-11-28UW172959FND
2017-11-28UW172961FND
2017-11-28UW172963FND
2017-11-28UW172962FND
2017-11-28UW172958FND