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EWG's Tap Water Database — 2019 UPDATE

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Pentachlorophenol

Bellefonte Borough Water Authority

Pentachlorophenol is a carcinogenic chemical used as a wood preservative. It harms developing fetuses, and causes immune suppression and hormone disruption.

 

13

Samples

0

Samples exceeding legal limit (MCL)

0

Samples exceeding
health guidelines

Testing results - average by year

 
YearAverage resultSamples takenDetectionsRange of results
2012ND30ND
2013N/A00N/A
2014ND20ND
2015ND10ND
2016ND30ND
2017ND40ND

ppb = parts per billion

State and national drinking water standards and health guidelines

EWG Health Guideline 0.3 ppb

The EWG Health Guideline of 0.3 ppb for pentachlorophenol 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 pentachlorophenol, established in 1991, was based on analytical detection limits at the time that the standard was set.

ppb = parts per billion

All test results

Date Lab ID Result
2012-04-0512040671ND
2012-04-1912041363ND
2012-08-1612081884ND
2014-06-1114061493-01ND
2014-08-2114082551-01ND
2015-06-3012935794ND
2016-06-1614470249ND
2016-08-2514974546ND
2016-11-1715428402ND
2017-05-1616319930ND
2017-05-1616319957ND
2017-08-1716628621ND
2017-09-0616786181ND