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Alpha particle activity (excl radon and uranium) in Indiana


Alpha particles are a form of radiation associated with radioactive mining waste pollutants and natural sources. [read more]

The Most Polluted Communities in Indiana

66 water utilities reported detecting Alpha particle activity (excl radon and uranium) in tap water since 2004, according to EWG's analysis of water quality data supplied by state water agencies

Ranked by highest average Alpha particle activity (excl radon and uranium) level

RankSystem Population Served Positive test results of total reported tests Average Level
(Range)
1Monroe Water Department
Monroe, IN
8001 of 16.4 pCi/L
(6.4 pCi/L)
2Redkey Water Plant
Redkey, IN
1,5271 of 16.2 pCi/L
(6.2 pCi/L)
3Francesville Water Department
Francesville, IN
9691 of 16.1 pCi/L
(6.1 pCi/L)
4Marshall Water Works
Marshall, IN
37811 of 125.51 pCi/L
(0 to 11.35 pCi/L)
5Remington Water Works
Remington, IN
1,3231 of 15.08 pCi/L
(5.08 pCi/L)
6Butler Water Department
Butler, IN
2,7251 of 14.85 pCi/L
(4.85 pCi/L)
7Albany Water Department
Albany, IN
2,3681 of 14.5 pCi/L
(4.5 pCi/L)
8Cicero Water Department
Cicero, IN
4,3001 of 14.2 pCi/L
(4.2 pCi/L)
9Ossian Municipal Water Department
Ossian, IN
3,0001 of 13.7 pCi/L
(3.7 pCi/L)
10Gaston Water Works
Gaston, IN
9711 of 13.2 pCi/L
(3.2 pCi/L)

Health Based Limits for Alpha particle activity (excl radon and uranium)

StandardDescriptionLevel
Maximum Contaminant Limit Goal (MCLG)A non-enforceable health goal that is set at a level at which no known or anticipated adverse effect on the health of persons occurs and which allows an adequate margin of safety. Source: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.0 pCi/L
One in one million (10-6) Cancer RiskThe concentration of a chemical in drinking water corresponding to an excess estimated lifetime cancer risk of 1 in 1,000,000. Source: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.0.15 pCi/L
Maximum Contaminant Limit (MCL)The enforceable standard which defines the highest level of a contaminant that is allowed in drinking water. MCLs are set as close to health-based limits (Maximum Contaminant Level Goals, or MCLGs) as feasible using the best available analytical and treatment technologies and taking cost into consideration. Source: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.15 pCi/L
One in ten thousand (10-4) Cancer RiskThe concentration of a chemical in drinking water corresponding to an excess estimated lifetime cancer risk of 1 in 10,000. Source: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.15 pCi/L

Violation Summary for Alpha particle activity (excl radon and uranium) in Indiana

There are no violations reported for this contaminant in Indiana