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Alpha particle activity (excl radon and uranium) in Kentucky


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

The Most Polluted Communities in Kentucky

17 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)
1Owensboro Municipal Utilities
Owensboro, KY
54,1042 of 21.85 pCi/L
(0.6 to 3.1 pCi/L)
2Liberty Water Works
Liberty, KY
3,2741 of 11.8 pCi/L
(1.8 pCi/L)
3Wickliffe Municipal Water System
Wickliffe, KY
1,8984 of 41.4 pCi/L
(0.7 to 1.9 pCi/L)
4Franklin Water Works
Franklin, KY
13,5102 of 31.33 pCi/L
(0 to 3 pCi/L)
5Greensburg Water Works
Greensburg, KY
2,3961 of 21 pCi/L
(0 to 2 pCi/L)
6Stella Trailer Park
Murray, KY
921 of 10.9 pCi/L
(0.9 pCi/L)
7Greater Fleming Co WT Comm
Vanceburg, KY
253 of 30.8 pCi/L
(0.3 to 1.5 pCi/L)
8Mountain Water Dist #1 Marrow Bone
Pikeville, KY
22,3252 of 20.75 pCi/L
(0.5 to 1 pCi/L)
9Warsaw Water Works
Warsaw, KY
2,3032 of 30.63 pCi/L
(0 to 1.7 pCi/L)
10Grayson County Water District
Falls Of Rough, KY
18,9102 of 20.6 pCi/L
(0.5 to 0.7 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 Kentucky

There are no violations reported for this contaminant in Kentucky