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1,2-Dichloropropane

Lehigh County Authority Allentown Division

1,2-Dichloropropane is a volatile carcinogenic solvent discharged from chemical factories and landfills. It also contaminates farmland due to its former use as a soil fumigant. Read More.

The insecticide and fumigant uses of 1,2-dichloropropane were discontinued in the 1980s, but it is still used as an industrial solvent. The California public health goal of 0.5 parts per billion, set to protect against cancer, is 10 times lower than the amount allowed by the federal government, which is a Maximum Contaminant Level of 5 parts per billion. 1,2-Dichloropropane can also damage the nervous system, liver, kidneys, and digestive and respiratory systems.

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18

Samples

0

Samples exceeding legal limit (MCL)

0

Samples exceeding
health guidelines

Testing results - average by year

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

ppb = parts per billion

State and national drinking water standards and health guidelines

EWG Health Guideline 0.5 ppb

The EWG Health Guideline of 0.5 ppb for 1,2-dichloropropane 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-dichloropropane, 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.

ppb = parts per billion

All test results

Date Lab ID Result
2012-04-12L4002369-3ND
2012-04-12L4002369-1ND
2012-04-12L4002369-2ND
2013-02-07L4430705-3ND
2013-02-07L4430705-1ND
2013-02-07L4430705-2ND
2014-06-1014052283-03ND
2014-06-1014052283-02ND
2014-06-1014052283-01ND
2015-02-1712434477ND
2015-02-1712434456ND
2015-02-1712434435ND
2016-02-1613903479ND
2016-02-1613903500ND
2016-02-1613903521ND
2017-03-2115835552ND
2017-03-2115835573ND
2017-03-2115835594ND