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p-Dichlorobenzene

Piedmont Municpal Authority

p-Dichlorobenzene is a carcinogenic insecticide used in mothballs, and added to deodorant blocks made for trash cans and toilets. Long-term exposure can cause liver damage and kidney problems.

 

14

Samples

0

Samples exceeding legal limit (MCL)

0

Samples exceeding
health guidelines

Testing results - average by year

 
YearAverage resultSamples takenDetectionsRange of results
2012ND10ND
2013ND40ND
2014ND40ND
2015ND40ND
2016ND10ND
2017N/A00N/A

ppb = parts per billion

State and national drinking water standards and health guidelines

EWG Health Guideline 6 ppb

The EWG Health Guideline of 6 ppb for p-dichlorobenzene 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) 75 ppb

The legal limit for p-dichlorobenzene, established in 1987, was based on toxicity studies conducted in laboratory animals in the 1980s. This limit may not fully protect against the risk of cancer due to p-dichlorobenzene exposure.

ppb = parts per billion

All test results

Date Lab ID Result
2012-11-01020870.001ND
2013-01-21024125.001ND
2013-04-15027179.001ND
2013-07-16031825.001ND
2013-10-10035418.001ND
2014-01-13038693.001ND
2014-06-16042210.001ND
2014-07-02045608.001ND
2014-10-08049098.001ND
2015-01-06052216.001ND
2015-06-01054864.001ND
2015-07-13059245.001ND
2015-10-06063868.001ND
2016-02-016B01046-01ND