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p-Dichlorobenzene

Tennessee American Water

p-Dichlorobenzene is a carcinogenic insecticide used in mothballs, and added to deodorant blocks made for trash cans and toilets. Long-term exposure can cause liver damage and kidney problems.

 

19

Samples

0

Samples exceeding legal limit (MCL)

0

Samples exceeding
health guidelines

Testing results - average by year

 
YearAverage resultSamples takenDetectionsRange of results
2012ND30ND
2013ND20ND
2014ND30ND
2015ND30ND
2016ND40ND
2017ND40ND

ppb = parts per billion

State and national drinking water standards and health guidelines

EWG Health Guideline 6 ppb

The EWG Health Guideline of 6 ppb for p-dichlorobenzene 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) 75 ppb

The legal limit for p-dichlorobenzene, established in 1987, was based on toxicity studies conducted in laboratory animals in the 1980s. This limit may not fully protect against the risk of cancer due to p-dichlorobenzene exposure.

ppb = parts per billion

All test results

Date Result
2012-02-15ND
2012-08-08ND
2012-11-15ND
2013-02-12ND
2013-05-08ND
2014-02-04ND
2014-05-14ND
2014-11-11ND
2015-04-08ND
2015-07-07ND
2015-10-06ND
2016-01-19ND
2016-04-11ND
2016-07-13ND
2016-10-13ND
2017-01-10ND
2017-04-17ND
2017-07-11ND
2017-10-09ND