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1,2-Dichloropropane

Emmaus Borough Public Water

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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120

Samples

0

Samples exceeding legal limit (MCL)

0

Samples exceeding
health guidelines

Testing results - average by year

 
YearAverage resultSamples takenDetectionsRange of results
2012ND200ND
2013ND200ND
2014ND200ND
2015ND200ND
2016ND200ND
2017ND200ND

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
2012-02-16120007141ND
2012-02-16120007142ND
2012-02-16120007143ND
2012-02-16120007144ND
2012-02-16120007138ND
2012-02-16120007139ND
2012-02-16120007140ND
2012-02-16120007137ND
2012-05-15120019152ND
2012-05-15120019149ND
2012-05-15120019150ND
2012-05-15120019148ND
2012-08-06120032374ND
2012-08-06120032371ND
2012-08-06120032372ND
2012-08-06120032370ND
2012-11-13120047634ND
2012-11-13120047631ND
2012-11-13120047632ND
2012-11-13120047630ND
2013-02-21130008326ND
2013-02-21130008327ND
2013-02-21130008328ND
2013-02-21130008329ND
2013-02-21130008323ND
2013-02-21130008324ND
2013-02-21130008325ND
2013-02-21130008322ND
2013-05-20130020737ND
2013-05-20130020734ND
2013-05-20130020735ND
2013-05-20130020733ND
2013-08-22130037438ND
2013-08-22130037435ND
2013-08-22130037436ND
2013-08-22130037434ND
2013-11-26130052992ND
2013-11-26130052989ND
2013-11-26130052990ND
2013-11-26130052988ND
2014-02-26140008220ND
2014-02-26140008221ND
2014-02-26140008222ND
2014-02-26140008223ND
2014-02-26140008217ND
2014-02-26140008218ND
2014-02-26140008219ND
2014-02-26140008216ND
2014-05-27140021794ND
2014-05-27140021791ND
2014-05-27140021792ND
2014-05-27140021790ND
2014-08-28140038937ND
2014-08-28140038934ND
2014-08-28140038935ND
2014-08-28140038933ND
2014-11-25140053580ND
2014-11-25140053577ND
2014-11-25140053578ND
2014-11-25140053576ND
2015-02-2412434964ND
2015-02-2412434986ND
2015-02-2412435007ND
2015-02-2412435028ND
2015-02-2412434898ND
2015-02-2412434919ND
2015-02-2412434941ND
2015-02-2412434877ND
2015-05-2712788714ND
2015-05-2712788660ND
2015-05-2712788682ND
2015-05-2712788639ND
2015-08-2613301772ND
2015-08-2613301726ND
2015-08-2613301747ND
2015-08-2613301699ND
2015-11-2313548694ND
2015-11-2313548558ND
2015-11-2313548581ND
2015-11-2313548537ND
2016-03-0714020474ND
2016-03-0714020496ND
2016-03-0714020517ND
2016-03-0714020538ND
2016-03-0714020407ND
2016-03-0714020428ND
2016-03-0714020449ND
2016-03-0714020386ND
2016-05-2414296595ND
2016-05-2414296575ND
2016-05-2414618837ND
2016-05-2414296550ND
2016-08-3014785492ND
2016-08-3014785447ND
2016-08-3014785453ND
2016-08-3014785417ND
2016-11-1715267424ND
2016-11-1715267372ND
2016-11-1715267391ND
2016-11-1715267347ND
2017-03-0715836095ND
2017-03-0715836100ND
2017-03-0715836101ND
2017-03-0715836102ND
2017-03-0715836096ND
2017-03-0715836097ND
2017-03-0715836098ND
2017-03-0715836099ND
2017-05-2416142615ND
2017-05-2416142616ND
2017-05-2416142617ND
2017-05-2416142618ND
2017-08-3116612330ND
2017-08-3116612331ND
2017-08-3116612332ND
2017-08-3116612333ND
2017-11-0917345782ND
2017-11-0917345783ND
2017-11-0917345784ND
2017-11-0917345785ND