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Di-n-butyl phthalate

City of Georgetown

Dibutyl phthalate is an additive used in many consumer products. 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."

 

19

Samples

0

Samples exceeding legal limit (MCL)

0

Samples exceeding
health guidelines

Testing results - average by year

 
YearAverage resultSamples takenDetectionsRange of results
20121.60 ppb31ND - 4.80 ppb
2013N/A00N/A
2014ND30ND
2015ND60ND
2016ND40ND
2017ND30ND

ppb = parts per billion

All test results

Date Lab ID Result
2012-04-12AB867844.80 ppb
2012-04-12AB86786ND
2012-04-12AB86785ND
2014-05-06AC53203ND
2014-05-06AC53201ND
2014-05-06AC53202ND
2015-03-05AC83066ND
2015-03-05AC83068ND
2015-03-05AC83069ND
2015-06-18AC96552ND
2015-09-15AD07189ND
2015-12-10AD16658ND
2016-04-21AD33788ND
2016-04-21AD33791ND
2016-04-21AD33789ND
2016-04-21AD33787ND
2017-01-23AD66235ND
2017-01-23AD66242ND
2017-01-23AD66236ND