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Alpha particle activity (excl radon and uranium) in New Jersey


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

The Most Polluted Communities in New Jersey

298 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)
1Colonial Estates
Oak Brook, NJ
1,3003 of 321.81 pCi/L
(18.93 to 23.98 pCi/L)
2Upper Deerfield Twp Water Dept
Cumberland, NJ
2,9644 of 416.41 pCi/L
(15 to 18.96 pCi/L)
3Pleasant Gardens Apartments
Jackson, NJ
902 of 216.15 pCi/L
(14.62 to 17.68 pCi/L)
4Sea Village Marina L L C
Northfield, NJ
2408 of 815.63 pCi/L
(4.85 to 30.29 pCi/L)
5Garden State Mhp
Wall Twp, NJ
1005 of 515.5 pCi/L
(12.59 to 18.85 pCi/L)
6Byram Hmwnrs Assoc Water
Byram Twp., NJ
4007 of 715.35 pCi/L
(7.25 to 24.11 pCi/L)
7Vineland Water & Sewer Utility
Vineland, NJ
33,0008 of 813.58 pCi/L
(7.62 to 19.22 pCi/L)
8Winslow Twp Dmu
Winslow Twp, NJ
29,52011 of 1113.42 pCi/L
(5.31 to 24.08 pCi/L)
9Pomona Mobile Home Park
Galloway Twp, NJ
986 of 612.77 pCi/L
(4.72 to 18.73 pCi/L)
10Hammonton Water Dept
Hammonton, NJ
12,1805 of 512.55 pCi/L
(9.55 to 15.51 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 New Jersey

Data from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency includes the following violations of federal standards in New Jersey since 2004

Violation TypeNumber of Violations
Over maximum contaminant level, Average29
Failure to monitor regularly1