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Diethyl phthalate

Nueces County WCID 3

Diethyl phthalate is an additive used in many consumer products, particularly those containing fragrance. As a group, phthalates are associated with hormone disruption. 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."

 

11

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
2013ND30ND
2014ND20ND
2015ND40ND
2016ND10ND
2017ND10ND

ppb = parts per billion

All test results

Date Lab ID Result
2013-02-12AC10493ND
2013-08-06AC26993ND
2013-12-16AC37696ND
2014-02-05AC41642ND
2014-05-22AC55083ND
2015-02-19AC81306ND
2015-04-23AC89491ND
2015-09-17AD07650ND
2015-12-02AD15252ND
2016-02-11AD23471ND
2017-03-21AD76161ND