1,2-Dichloropropane is a colorless flammable liquid with a chloroform-like odor. It does not occur naturally in the environment. It is used to make other organic chemicals. It is also used in making lead free gasoline, paper coating, soil fumigant for nematodes, and insecticide for stored grain. The major source of 1,2-dichloropropane in drinking water is discharge from industrial chemical factories. It may be released into the atmosphere or in wastewater during its production or use as an intermediate in chemical manufacture. There were also significant releases during its former use as a soil fumigant. It may also leach from municipal landfills.
Some people who drink water containing 1,2-dichloropropane well in excess of the maximum contaminant level (MCL) for many years may have an increased risk of getting cancer.
MCL ADVISORY - ACTION IS HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
1,2-Dichloropropane levels were detected in your water sample to exceed the maximum contaminant level (MCL).
ACTION IS OPTIONAL
1,2-Dichloropropane 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 1,2-Dichloropropane in Drinking Water
- ATSDR - Toxic Substances Portal - 1,2-Dichloropropane
- Ohio Department of Health - Private Water Systems Program - Water Quality - Organic Contaminants
- ATSDR ToxFAQs Fact Sheet - 1,2-Dichloropropane