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Di(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate

Warminster Municipal Authority

Di(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate, or DEHP, is a softener added to PVC plastics. Phthalates are hormone disruptors that target the male reproductive system. Read More.

DEHP can cross the placenta and disrupt steroid hormone synthesis, and may lead to cancer. In laboratory animals, exposure to DEHP during pregnancy harms fetal developmental and causes abnormalities in the male reproductive tract. Human epidemiological studies show certain phthalates, especially DEHP, are associated with reduced anogenital distance in human male infants, which is a measure of adverse developmental effects in human male infants exposed prenatally to endocrine disrupting chemicals. DEHP may also interfere with signaling related to the timing of birth and may have adverse effects on the immune system.

 

34

Samples

0

Samples exceeding legal limit (MCL)

0

Samples exceeding
health guidelines

Testing results - average by year

 
YearAverage resultSamples takenDetectionsRange of results
2010N/A00N/A
2011ND340ND
2012N/A00N/A
2013N/A00N/A
2014N/A00N/A
2015N/A00N/A

ppb = parts per billion.

State and national drinking water standards and health guidelines

Health Guideline 3 ppb

The health guideline of 3 ppb for di(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate was defined by the Environmental Protection Agency as a one-in-a-million lifetime risk of cancer. Values greater than one-in-a-million cancer risk level can result in increased cancer cases above one in a million people.

ppb = parts per billion.

EPA Maximum Contaminant
Level (MCL) 6 ppb

The enforceable federal standard that defines the highest level of a contaminant allowed in drinking water.

ppb = parts per billion.

EPA Maximum Contaminant
Level Goal (MCLG)0 ppb

A non-enforceable federal health guideline. For cancer-causing chemicals, these health goals are typically set to zero.

ppb = parts per billion.

All test results

Date Lab ID Result
2011-02-079888578016ND
2011-02-079888578009ND
2011-02-079888578010ND
2011-02-079888578011ND
2011-02-079888578012ND
2011-02-079888578013ND
2011-02-079888578014ND
2011-02-079888578017ND
2011-02-079888578006ND
2011-02-079888578015ND
2011-02-079888578008ND
2011-02-079888578007ND
2011-02-079888578003ND
2011-02-079888578001ND
2011-02-079888578005ND
2011-02-079888578002ND
2011-02-079888578004ND
2011-04-049898253003ND
2011-04-049898253015ND
2011-04-049898253006ND
2011-04-049898253002ND
2011-04-049898253016ND
2011-04-049898253017ND
2011-04-049898253014ND
2011-04-049898253008ND
2011-04-049898253007ND
2011-04-049898253009ND
2011-04-049898253010ND
2011-04-049898253005ND
2011-04-049898253011ND
2011-04-049898253012ND
2011-04-049898253004ND
2011-04-049898253013ND
2011-04-049898253001ND