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EWG's Tap Water Database — 2019 UPDATE

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1,2-Dichloroethane

Penn State Univ.

1,2-Dichloroethane is a volatile carcinogenic chemical used to make plastic products such as polyvinyl chloride. Read More.

Also known as ethylene dichloride, it has been widely used as an intermediate for manufacturing other chemicals and as a solvent. 1,2-Dichloroethane causes multiple types of cancer in animal studies, and damages liver, kidneys, and the immune and nervous systems. The EPA classifies 1,2-dichloroethane as a probable human carcinogen.

Click here to read more about carcinogenic VOCs.

 

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Samples

0

Samples exceeding legal limit (MCL)

1

Samples exceeding
health guidelines

Testing results - average by year

 
YearAverage resultSamples takenDetectionsRange of results
2012ND340ND
2013ND280ND
2014ND140ND
20150.0146 ppb351ND - 0.510 ppb
2016ND270ND
2017ND290ND

ppb = parts per billion

State and national drinking water standards and health guidelines

EWG Health Guideline 0.4 ppb

The EWG Health Guideline of 0.4 ppb for 1,2-dichloroethane 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-dichloroethane, established in 1987, 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 1,2-dichloroethane exposure.

ppb = parts per billion

All test results

Date Lab ID Result
2012-01-112A11054ND
2012-01-112A11055ND
2012-01-112A11054ND
2012-02-162B16056ND
2012-02-162B16062ND
2012-02-162B16056ND
2012-03-152C15113ND
2012-03-152C15114ND
2012-03-152C15113ND
2012-04-102D10034ND
2012-04-102D10032ND
2012-04-102D10034ND
2012-05-162E16047ND
2012-05-162E16052ND
2012-06-132F13082ND
2012-06-132F13085ND
2012-07-182G18164ND
2012-07-182G18165ND
2012-07-182G18164ND
2012-08-142H14056ND
2012-08-142H14056ND
2012-08-142H14056ND
2012-09-132I14008ND
2012-09-132I14008ND
2012-09-132I14008ND
2012-10-102J11011ND
2012-10-102J11013ND
2012-10-102J11011ND
2012-11-142K14103ND
2012-11-142K14103ND
2012-11-142K14103ND
2012-12-122L12132ND
2012-12-122L12141ND
2012-12-122L12132ND
2013-01-163A16080ND
2013-01-163A16077ND
2013-02-133B13070ND
2013-02-133B13069ND
2013-03-143C14062ND
2013-03-143C14067ND
2013-04-163D16078ND
2013-04-163D16079ND
2013-05-143E14110ND
2013-05-143E14111ND
2013-06-193F19020ND
2013-06-193F19038ND
2013-06-283F28065ND
2013-07-163G16031ND
2013-07-163G16034ND
2013-08-143H14065ND
2013-08-143H14088ND
2013-09-183I18061ND
2013-09-183I18062ND
2013-09-183I18061ND
2013-10-163J16032ND
2013-10-163J16040ND
2013-10-163J16032ND
2013-11-193K19048-06ND
2013-11-193K19040-06ND
2013-12-123L12046-07ND
2013-12-123L12104-06ND
2013-12-123L12046-06ND
2014-01-234A23025-07ND
2014-01-234A23033-06ND
2014-01-234A23025-06ND
2014-02-204B20042-07ND
2014-02-204B20041-07ND
2014-02-204B20042-06ND
2014-03-114C11016-07ND
2014-03-114C11027-07ND
2014-03-114C11016-06ND
2014-04-094D09031-01ND
2014-04-094D09036-01ND
2014-04-094D09037-01ND
2014-06-114F11107-05ND
2014-06-114F11107-04ND
2015-01-2113561235ND
2015-01-2113561269ND
2015-01-2113561236ND
2015-02-1713561319ND
2015-02-1713561290ND
2015-02-1713561320ND
2015-03-1713561361ND
2015-03-1713561362ND
2015-03-1813561395ND
2015-04-2813561425ND
2015-04-2813561424ND
2015-05-2013561487ND
2015-05-2013561458ND
2015-05-2013561488ND
2015-06-1713561550ND
2015-06-1713561521ND
2015-06-1713561551ND
2015-07-1413561592ND
2015-07-1413561626ND
2015-07-1413561593ND
2015-08-1213561677ND
2015-08-1213561647ND
2015-08-1213561676ND
2015-09-1613561739ND
2015-09-1613561710ND
2015-09-1613561740ND
2015-10-1513561781ND
2015-10-15135618150.510 ppb
2015-10-1513561782ND
2015-11-1113561182ND
2015-11-1113561158ND
2015-11-1113561206ND
2015-12-1013681474ND
2015-12-1013681511ND
2015-12-1013681475ND
2016-01-2613801550ND
2016-01-2613801502ND
2016-01-2613801526ND
2016-02-2313917099ND
2016-02-2313917064ND
2016-02-2313917100ND
2016-03-1614032223ND
2016-03-1614032200ND
2016-03-1614032177ND
2016-04-2014163585ND
2016-04-2014163550ND
2016-04-2014163586ND
2016-05-1814312893ND
2016-05-1814312930ND
2016-05-1814312894ND
2016-06-2114471218ND
2016-06-2114471256ND
2016-06-2114471219ND
2016-07-1914636460ND
2016-07-1914636423ND
2016-07-1914636461ND
2016-08-2314804530ND
2016-08-2314804480ND
2016-08-2314804505ND
2016-09-2814975876ND
2016-09-2814975914ND
2016-09-2814975877ND
2017-01-1715573232ND
2017-01-1715573233ND
2017-01-1815573195ND
2017-02-2315709645ND
2017-02-2315709646ND
2017-03-1315850533ND
2017-03-2315850700ND
2017-03-2815850828ND
2017-04-1816001575ND
2017-04-1816001576ND
2017-06-2816321144ND
2017-07-1216473287ND
2017-07-1216473355ND
2017-07-1216473356ND
2017-07-1216473357ND
2017-07-1216473358ND
2017-07-1216473359ND
2017-07-1216473360ND
2017-08-0316629362ND
2017-09-2016787333ND
2017-10-3116937425ND
2017-11-2617077272ND
2017-11-2617077273ND
2017-11-2617077274ND
2017-11-2617077275ND
2017-11-2617077276ND
2017-11-2617077277ND
2017-11-3017077364ND
2017-12-1917217472ND