Frequent Questions

3. What are pentachlorophenol's health effects?

Some people who drink water containing pentachlorophenol well in excess of the maximum contaminant level (MCL) for many years could experience problems with their liver or kidneys and may have an increased risk of getting cancer.

This health effects language is not intended to catalog all possible health effects for pentachlorophenol. Rather, it is intended to inform consumers of some of the possible health effects associated with pentachlorophenol in drinking water when the rule was finalized.

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