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Australian Drinking Water Guidelines: Chemical FactSheets and Boil Water Advisory Notice submission

ID: 
4
This submission reflects the views of
Individual Background: 
Researcher – other
Personal Details
First Name: 
Stuart
Last Name: 
Khan
Questions for BTEX
1. Is the information provided relevant and clear?: 
No response (I am an author of these fact sheets)
2. Are there any issues in relation to the safety and aesthetics of benzene in drinking water that you feel have been omitted? : 
No response (I am an author of these fact sheets)
3. Is the information provided relevant and clear?: 
No response (I am an author of these fact sheets)
4. Are there any issues in relation to the safety and aesthetics of toluene in drinking water that you feel have been omitted? : 
No response (I am an author of these fact sheets)
5. Is the information provided relevant and clear?: 
No response (I am an author of these fact sheets)
6. Are there any issues in relation to the safety and aesthetics of ethylbenzene in drinking water that you feel have been omitted? : 
No response (I am an author of these fact sheets)
7. Is the information provided relevant and clear?: 
No response (I am an author of these fact sheets)
8. Are there any issues in relation to the safety and aesthetics of xylenes in drinking water that you feel have been omitted? : 
No response (I am an author of these fact sheets)
9. How do you find the overall readability and format of the fact sheets? Could they be improved – if so, how?: 
No response (I am an author of these fact sheets)
10. Do you have any general comments on the draft fact sheets for benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene and xylenes?: 
The full calculation and numerical data used to derive the safe drinking water guideline for benzene should be included in the benzene fact sheet. That is, the precise value for the cancer slope factor (and other details relevant to how that CSF was derived) should be included. The calculation should also explicitely show the 'tolerable cancer risk' applied in that calculation. The inclusion of such a calculation is standard for most chemical fact sheets in the ADWG (including the other BTEX chemicals).

Page reviewed: 17 December, 2013