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EWG's Tap Water Database — 2019 UPDATE

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Toxaphene

Pennsylvania American Water Pittsburgh

Toxaphene is a neurotoxic, persistent and bioaccumulative insecticide classified by the EPA as a probable human carcinogen.

 

8

Samples

0

Samples exceeding legal limit (MCL)

0

Samples exceeding
health guidelines

Testing results - average by year

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

ppb = parts per billion

State and national drinking water standards and health guidelines

EWG Health Guideline 0.03 ppb

The EWG Health Guideline of 0.03 ppb for toxaphene 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) 3 ppb

The legal limit for toxaphene, 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 toxaphene exposure.

ppb = parts per billion

All test results

Date Lab ID Result
2014-04-1425353701ND
2014-04-1525353901ND
2014-07-0826127201ND
2014-07-0926126101ND
2017-04-0516016276ND
2017-04-1116953558ND
2017-07-1016953560ND
2017-07-1016489771ND