Frequent Questions

5. How does benzene get into my drinking water?

The major sources of benzene in drinking water are discharge from factories; and leaching from gas storage tanks and landfills.

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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