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Alpha particle activity (excl radon and uranium) in Ohio


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

The Most Polluted Communities in Ohio

139 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)
1Hcwsd-Piedmont Pws
Cadiz, OH
881 of 111 pCi/L
(11 pCi/L)
2Holiday Service Corp.
Joliet, OH
1,1401 of 110 pCi/L
(10 pCi/L)
3Hopewell Estates Mhp
Fostoria, OH
1852 of 29.23 pCi/L
(9 to 9.46 pCi/L)
4Village of Bowersville
Bowersville, OH
3601 of 18.43 pCi/L
(8.43 pCi/L)
5Cass Lake Mobile Home Pa
Cortland, OH
751 of 18.27 pCi/L
(8.27 pCi/L)
6Washington Court House Pws
Washington Ch, OH
13,8921 of 18 pCi/L
(8 pCi/L)
7Troy Oaks Homes
Hiram, OH
4501 of 18 pCi/L
(8 pCi/L)
8Lake View Village
Minster, OH
821 of 18 pCi/L
(8 pCi/L)
9Village of Belle Center
Belle Center, OH
8605 of 57.61 pCi/L
(6 to 8.93 pCi/L)
10Swanton Meadows
Holland, OH
2754 of 47.53 pCi/L
(6.02 to 10.9 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 Ohio

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

Violation TypeNumber of Violations
Failure to monitor regularly78