Frequent Questions

5. How does benzo(a)pyrene get into my drinking water?

The major source of benzo(a)pyrene in drinking water is leaching from linings of water storage tanks and distribution lines.

A federal law called the Emergency Planning and Community Right to Know Act (EPCRA) requires facilities in certain industries, which manufacture, process, or use significant amounts of toxic chemicals, to report annually on their releases of these chemicals. For more information on the uses and releases of chemicals in your state, contact the Community Right-to-Know Hotline: (800) 424-9346.

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