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EWG's Tap Water Database — 2021 UPDATE

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Ethylbenzene

Foxcroft School

Ethylbenzene, a component of petroleum, is a volatile cancer-causing chemical primarily used for production of plastics and rubber. Ethylbenzene is also released from gasoline fuel emissions. Read More.

In animal studies, exposure to ethylbenzene causes tumors. Ethylbenzene can also damage lungs, liver, kidneys and the nervous system. The International Agency for Research on Cancer classifies ethylbenzene as “possibly carcinogenic to humans.”

 

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Samples

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Samples exceeding legal limit (MCL)

0

Samples exceeding
health guidelines

Testing results - average by year

 
YearAverage resultSamples takenDetectionsRange of results
20140.500 ppb52ND - 1.80 ppb
20150.775 ppb81ND - 6.20 ppb
20160.120 ppb101ND - 1.20 ppb
2017ND80ND
2018ND10ND
2019ND20ND

ppb = parts per billion

State and national drinking water standards and health guidelines

EWG Health Guideline 300 ppb

The EWG Health Guideline of 300 ppb for ethylbenzene 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 harm to internal organs.

EPA Maximum Contaminant
Level (MCL) 700 ppb

The legal limit for ethylbenzene, established in 1991, was based on a toxicity study in laboratory animals conducted in the 1950s.

ppb = parts per billion

All test results

Date Lab ID Result
2014-01-28E1312055160.700 ppb
2014-04-10E140302161ND
2014-07-28E1406021321.80 ppb
2014-10-27E140904165ND
2014-10-27E140904166ND
2015-01-14VA010-DCLSND
2015-01-14VA010-DCLSND
2015-04-15VA010-DCLSND
2015-04-28VA010-DCLSND
2015-08-03VA010-DCLS6.20 ppb
2015-08-26VA010-DCLSND
2015-10-13VA010-DCLSND
2015-10-13VA010-DCLSND
2016-02-03E1601008281.20 ppb
2016-02-03E160100824ND
2016-04-06E160203378ND
2016-04-06E160203382ND
2016-07-25E160601592ND
2016-07-27E160601580ND
2016-10-19E160903973ND
2016-10-19E160903970ND
2016-10-19E160903980ND
2016-10-19E160903981ND
2017-02-01E161200822ND
2017-02-01E161200819ND
2017-05-15E170203789ND
2017-05-15E170203793ND
2017-08-15E170503920ND
2017-08-15E170503922ND
2017-11-28E170903299ND
2017-11-28E170903294ND
2018-03-26E171203487ND
2019-03-26E181206035ND
2019-09-10E190706394ND