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EWG's Tap Water Database — 2019 UPDATE

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Hexachlorobenzene (HCB)

Pennsylvania American Royersford

Hexachlorobenzene is a cancer-causing, neurotoxic and hormone-disrupting chemical used as a pesticide until 1984. It is still found in landfills and hazardous waste sites, and can be detected in people.

 

20

Samples

0

Samples exceeding legal limit (MCL)

0

Samples exceeding
health guidelines

Testing results - average by year

 
YearAverage resultSamples takenDetectionsRange of results
2012N/A00N/A
2013N/A00N/A
2014ND100ND
2015N/A00N/A
2016N/A00N/A
2017ND100ND

ppb = parts per billion

State and national drinking water standards and health guidelines

EWG Health Guideline 0.03 ppb

The EWG Health Guideline of 0.03 ppb for hexachlorobenzene 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) 1 ppb

The legal limit for hexachlorobenzene, established in 1992, 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 hexachlorobenzene exposure.

ppb = parts per billion

All test results

Date Lab ID Result
2014-04-0225339901ND
2014-04-0225340101ND
2014-04-0325339801ND
2014-04-0325340201ND
2014-06-2525340401ND
2014-08-0526516601ND
2014-08-0526516201ND
2014-08-0626516401ND
2014-08-0626516701ND
2014-08-1226516501ND
2017-04-1115931542ND
2017-04-1115931512ND
2017-04-1115931484ND
2017-04-1115931456ND
2017-04-1115931428ND
2017-08-1516560818ND
2017-08-1516560846ND
2017-08-1516560790ND
2017-08-1616560874ND
2017-08-3116721929ND