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About Ethylbenzene

What is Ethylbenzene?

Ethylbenzene is an organic compound with a sweet, gasoline-like odor. The colorless liquid is highly flammable and naturally occurring in petroleum and coal tar. The formula for ethylbenzene is C6H5CH2CH3. The organic compound is an essential raw material in the petrochemical industry.

What Types of Industrial Uses Does it Have?

More than 99 percent of ethylbenzene is used in the production of styrene. It is essential in the manufacturing of plastics. Ethylbenzene also plays an important role in the production of rubber, plastic wraps, and solvents.

How Does Ethylbenzene Get Into Your Drinking Water?

Discharge from petroleum refineries is the principal cause of ethylbenzene in drinking water. The improper management of its waste will result in the release of the chemical compound into the environment.

What are the Health Risks Associated with Ethylbenzene?

Liver and kidney problems are the common health risks associated with ethylbenzene in drinking water. Individuals who are exposed to the contaminated water may experience problems with their kidneys or liver.

How Common is Ethylbenzene in Water?

While it is not common in most water supplies, the improper waste management of petroleum refineries may lead to the release of ethylbenzene into the environment.

What is the EPA’s Standards for Ethylbenzene in Drinking Water?

The maximum contaminant level goals (MCLG) set by the Environmental Protection Agency for ethylbenzene is 0.7 mg/L or 700 ppb. Readings above the set standards by the EPA must be taken seriously to avoid the health risks associated with the chemical compound.

What is the Best Reduction Media for Removing Ethylbenzene from Drinking Water?

Water treatment systems with granular activated carbon are known to remove ethylbenzene to below 0.7 mg/L or 700 ppb. A water filter is a good example of effective water treatment. An AquaOx whole house water filter system combines the effectiveness of granular activated carbon and advanced water technology. Get your AquaOx today and have a peace of mind knowing you’ve done your best to keep your family safe from potential contaminants in your drinking water!

From The Agency of Toxic Substances and Disease Registry

CAS ID #: 100-41-4
Affected Organ Systems: Developmental (effects during periods when organs are developing) , Neurological (Nervous System)

Cancer Classification: EPA: Not classifiable as to human carcinogenicity. IARC: Possibly carcinogenic to humans. NTP: Not evaluated

Please contact NTPIARC, or EPA’s IRIS Hotline with questions on cancer and cancer classification.

Chemical Classification: Hydrocarbons (contain hydrogen and carbon atoms), Volatile organic compounds

Summary: Ethylbenzene is a colorless, flammable liquid that smells like gasoline. It is found in natural products such as coal tar and petroleum and is also found in manufactured products such as inks, insecticides, and paints. Ethylbenzene is used primarily to make another chemical, styrene. Other uses include as a solvent, in fuels, and to make other chemicals.

Ethylbenzene molecule
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