Ethylene bromide, also known as EDB, and 1,2-Dibromoethane, is a colorless, heavy synthetic organic liquid with a mildly sweet chloroform-like odor. Ethylene dibromide is mainly used in an anti-knock gasoline mixtures, particularly aviation fuel. EDB is released during the use, storage, and transport of leaded gasoline, as well as during any spills; from its former use as a pesticide; wastewater and emissions from processes and waste waters of the chemical industries that use it. When soil and climatic conditions are favorable, EDB may get into drinking water by runoff into surface water or by leaching into ground water.
Some people who drink water containing ethylene dibromide well in excess of the maximum contaminant level (MCL) for many years could experience problems with liver, stomach, reproductive system, or kidneys, and may have an increased risk of cancer.
MCL ADVISORY - ACTION IS HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
Ethylene bromide levels were detected in your water sample to exceed the maximum contaminant level (MCL).
ACTION IS OPTIONAL
Ethylene bromide levels were detected in your water sample but do not exceed the maximum contaminant level.
- USEPA - Water: Basic Information about Regulated Drinking Water Contaminants - Basic Information about Ethylene dibromide in Drinking Water
- ATSDR - Toxic Substances Portal - Ethylene Dibromide
- Ohio Department of Health - Private Water Systems Program - Water Quality - Organic Contaminants