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Butyl benzyl phthalate

City of South Houston

Butyl benzyl phthalate is an additive used in plastics and other consumer products. Phthalates are hormone disruptors that target the male reproductive system. Read More.

Phthalates are synthetic chemicals that are added to hard plastics to make them soft and malleable. Phthalates can be found in everyday consumer products such as carpets, paints, glues, wall coverings, tablecloths, furniture upholstery, shower curtains, garden hoses, toys, shoes, automobile upholstery, food packaging and medical products. Exposure to phthalates has been linked to respiratory health problems, asthma and allergies in infants and children, and changes in reproductive system development in baby boys. The National Toxicology Program classifies a commonly used phthalate, called di(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate or DEHP, as "reasonably anticipated to be a human carcinogen."

 

33

Samples

0

Samples exceeding legal limit (MCL)

0

Samples exceeding
health guidelines

Testing results - average by year

 
YearAverage resultSamples takenDetectionsRange of results
2012ND50ND
2013ND50ND
2014ND50ND
2015ND70ND
2016ND60ND
2017ND50ND

ppb = parts per billion

All test results

Date Lab ID Result
2012-02-06AB80276ND
2012-02-06AB80275ND
2012-02-06AB80271ND
2012-02-06AB80274ND
2012-02-06AB80267ND
2013-01-14AC07648ND
2013-01-14AC07649ND
2013-01-14AC07650ND
2013-01-14AC07644ND
2013-01-14AC07647ND
2014-01-14AC38903ND
2014-01-14AC38904ND
2014-01-14AC38908ND
2014-01-14AC38906ND
2014-01-14AC38905ND
2015-01-21AC77137ND
2015-01-21AC77131ND
2015-01-21AC77136ND
2015-01-21AC77129ND
2015-01-21AC77130ND
2015-09-15AD07180ND
2015-10-06AD09652ND
2016-01-14AD18395ND
2016-01-14AD18382ND
2016-01-14AD18385ND
2016-01-14AD18388ND
2016-01-14AD18391ND
2016-04-08AD32661ND
2017-01-06AD63756ND
2017-02-10AD70495ND
2017-03-01AD72880ND
2017-03-01AD72881ND
2017-03-01AD72879ND