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Ethylene dibromide

Philadelphia Water Department

Ethylene dibromide, a likely human carcinogen, was used until 1984 as a gasoline additive and a pesticide. It affects the hormone, reproductive and nervous systems; causes testicular atrophy; and damages the heart, liver and kidneys.

 

24

Samples

0

Samples exceeding legal limit (MCL)

0

Samples exceeding
health guidelines

Testing results - average by year

 
YearAverage resultSamples takenDetectionsRange of results
2012ND30ND
2013ND30ND
2014ND60ND
2015ND30ND
2016ND30ND
2017ND60ND

ppb = parts per billion

State and national drinking water standards and health guidelines

EWG Health Guideline 0.01 ppb

The EWG Health Guideline of 0.01 ppb for ethylene dibromide 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) 0.05 ppb

The legal limit for ethylene dibromide, established in 1991, 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 ethylene dibromide exposure.

ppb = parts per billion

All test results

Date Lab ID Result
2012-04-026604134ND
2012-04-026604132ND
2012-04-026604133ND
2013-05-151027470001ND
2013-05-151027470003ND
2013-05-151027470002ND
2014-04-077422122ND
2014-04-077422120ND
2014-04-077422118ND
2014-08-197572176ND
2014-08-197572174ND
2014-08-197572178ND
2015-06-1012888377ND
2015-06-1012888329ND
2015-06-1012888353ND
2016-06-0314412775ND
2016-06-0314412776ND
2016-06-0314412777ND
2017-05-1616101823ND
2017-05-1616101824ND
2017-05-1616101825ND
2017-07-2416420536ND
2017-07-2416420537ND
2017-07-2416420538ND