Frequent Questions

3. What are benzo(a)pyrene's health effects?

Some people who drink water containing benzo(a)pyrene well in excess of the maximum contaminant level (MCL) for many years may experience reproductive difficulties and may have an increased risk of cancer.

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

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