About Benz(a)anthracene


What is Benz(a)anthracene?

Also known as tetraphene, Benz(a)anthracene is a white to yellow-brown solid polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon (PAHs) present in fossil fuels and derived products. The chemical compound is a carcinogenic component of tobacco smoke. Since it is rated as a carcinogenic substance, the odorless chemical is not produced commercially.

What Types of Industrial Uses Does it Have?

While the substance is not produced commercially, it is used as an intermediate to produce other chemicals. It is also commonly used in laboratories for research purposes.

How Does Benz(a)anthracene Get into Your Drinking Water?

The main source of Benz(a)anthracene in drinking water is discharged substance from research laboratories. The other sources of the chemical contaminant in drinking water are fossil fuels, asphalt, wood preservation treatment, and other industrial uses of Benz(a)anthracene. Since it is not produced for commercial purpose, the only way the chemical can get into water systems and into the environment is due to human errors.

What are the Health Risks Associated with Benz(a)anthracene?

The chemical substance can affect your health when inhaled and consumed in drinking water. Benz(a)anthracene is both a carcinogen and mutagen. Acute exposure to the chemical substance in drinking water may lead to several health effects including reproductive difficulties. Overexposure to Benz(a)anthracene in drinking water may also increase the risk of getting cancer.

How Common is Benz(a)anthracene in Water?

The chemical contaminant may be present in water systems near research laboratories or sites where Benz(a)anthracene is used.

What is the EPA’s Contamination Level Standards for Benz(a)anthracene in Drinking Water?

The contamination level standards set by the Environmental Protection Agency for the polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon is at 0.0001 mg/L.

What is the Best Reduction Media for Removing Benz(a)anthracene from Drinking Water?

Benz(a)anthracene, just like any PAHs can be removed by sedimentation, flocculation, and filtration processes. A good water filter unit like AquaOx can remove the chemical contaminant from your drinking water. Keep your family safe from the harmful effects of Benz(a)anthracene by installing a reliable water filter system today!

Chemical Names: Benz[a]anthracene; Tetraphene; 1,2-Benzanthracene; 56-55-3; Benzanthrene; Benzo[a]anthracene   More…
Molecular Formula: C18H12
Molecular Weight: 228.294 g/mol
Substance Registry: FDA UNII
Safety Summary: Laboratory Chemical Safety Summary (LCSS)
Benz[a]anthracene is a crystalline, aromatic hydrocarbon consisting of four fused benzene rings, produced by incomplete combustion of organic matter. Benz(a)anthracene is primarily found in gasoline and diesel exhaust, tobacco and cigarette smoke, coal tar and coal tar pitch, coal combustion emissions, charcoal-broiled foods, amino acids, fatty acids and carbohydrate pyrolysis products, wood and soot smoke, and creosote, asphalt and mineral oils. This substance is used only for research purposes. Benz(a)anthracene is reasonably anticipated to be a human carcinogen. (NCI05)

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Colorless leaflets or plates or coarse gold powder with a greenish-yellow fluorescence. May reasonably be expected to be a carcinogen.

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