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EWG's Tap Water Database — 2019 UPDATE

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1,2-Dichloroethane

Northampton Bucks County Municipal Authority

1,2-Dichloroethane is a volatile carcinogenic chemical used to make plastic products such as polyvinyl chloride. Read More.

Also known as ethylene dichloride, it has been widely used as an intermediate for manufacturing other chemicals and as a solvent. 1,2-Dichloroethane causes multiple types of cancer in animal studies, and damages liver, kidneys, and the immune and nervous systems. The EPA classifies 1,2-dichloroethane as a probable human carcinogen.

Click here to read more about carcinogenic VOCs.

 

94

Samples

0

Samples exceeding legal limit (MCL)

0

Samples exceeding
health guidelines

Testing results - average by year

 
YearAverage resultSamples takenDetectionsRange of results
2012ND120ND
2013ND120ND
2014ND230ND
2015ND150ND
2016ND110ND
2017ND210ND

ppb = parts per billion

State and national drinking water standards and health guidelines

EWG Health Guideline 0.4 ppb

The EWG Health Guideline of 0.4 ppb for 1,2-dichloroethane 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) 5 ppb

The legal limit for 1,2-dichloroethane, established in 1987, was based on analytical detection limits at the time that the standard was set. This limit may not fully protect against the risk of cancer due to 1,2-dichloroethane exposure.

ppb = parts per billion

All test results

Date Lab ID Result
2012-02-28L4066896-1ND
2012-03-07L4061769-1ND
2012-05-23L4168750-1ND
2012-05-23L4168751-1ND
2012-06-06L3257952-3ND
2012-06-06L3257952-1ND
2012-06-06L3257952-2ND
2012-06-06L3257952-4ND
2012-08-16L4291049-1ND
2012-08-16L4291049-2ND
2012-11-15L4392086-2ND
2012-11-15L4392086-1ND
2013-03-05L3661861-2ND
2013-03-05L3661861-1ND
2013-05-14L2391330-1ND
2013-05-14L2286687-1ND
2013-07-02L1595500-2ND
2013-07-02L1595500-4ND
2013-07-02L1595500-1ND
2013-07-02L1595500-3ND
2013-08-08L4725530-1ND
2013-08-08L4725529-1ND
2013-11-19L4836093-1ND
2013-11-19L4836092-1ND
2014-02-25L4951918-1ND
2014-02-25L4951922-1ND
2014-05-20L4690565-1ND
2014-05-20L4799412-1ND
2014-07-17L5163463-13ND
2014-07-17L5163463-1ND
2014-07-17L5163463-2ND
2014-07-17L5163463-15ND
2014-07-17L5163463-3ND
2014-07-17L5163463-14ND
2014-07-17L5163463-4ND
2014-07-17L5163463-7ND
2014-07-17L5163463-6ND
2014-07-17L5163463-5ND
2014-07-17L5163463-12ND
2014-07-17L5163463-10ND
2014-07-17L5163463-11ND
2014-07-17L5163463-9ND
2014-07-17L5163463-8ND
2014-08-15L4359849-1ND
2014-08-15L4460454-1ND
2014-12-04L5352437-1ND
2014-12-04L5352436-1ND
2015-02-1012390487ND
2015-02-1012390433ND
2015-05-1112738435ND
2015-05-1112738489ND
2015-07-0913859324ND
2015-07-0913859378ND
2015-07-0913859432ND
2015-08-1913123831ND
2015-08-1913123885ND
2015-08-2813124406ND
2015-11-2013503425ND
2015-11-2013503371ND
2015-11-2013503587ND
2015-11-2013503533ND
2015-11-2013503479ND
2016-02-2313975160ND
2016-02-2313975107ND
2016-02-2313975054ND
2016-02-2313975001ND
2016-02-2313974948ND
2016-05-2414237908ND
2016-07-2114555719ND
2016-07-2114555771ND
2016-07-2114555667ND
2016-07-2114555615ND
2016-08-3014892511ND
2017-02-2715644175ND
2017-06-0716243964ND
2017-08-0116551823ND
2017-08-0116551771ND
2017-08-0116552083ND
2017-08-0116551875ND
2017-08-0116552031ND
2017-08-0116551979ND
2017-08-0116552135ND
2017-08-0116551927ND
2017-08-1716553057ND
2017-08-1716553109ND
2017-08-1716553005ND
2017-08-1716553161ND
2017-08-1716553265ND
2017-08-1716553213ND
2017-08-2416552925ND
2017-08-2416552821ND
2017-08-2416552769ND
2017-08-2416552717ND
2017-08-2416552873ND