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Alpha particle activity (excl radon and uranium) in Vermont


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

The Most Polluted Communities in Vermont

166 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)
1Brookside Mhp
Starksboro, VT
1351 of 118.6 pCi/L
(18.6 pCi/L)
2Telemark Village
Killington, VT
1236 of 716.17 pCi/L
(0 to 36.7 pCi/L)
3Vernon Hall
Vernon, VT
502 of 216 pCi/L
(4.6 to 27.4 pCi/L)
4Vernon Green Nursing Home
Vernon, VT
1253 of 315.9 pCi/L
(13.2 to 20.4 pCi/L)
5St George Villas
St George, VT
4205 of 515.84 pCi/L
(11.8 to 18.2 pCi/L)
6St George Estates Coop Water Assoc
St George, VT
723 of 312.43 pCi/L
(11.8 to 13 pCi/L)
7West Rutland Town
West Rutland, VT
1,9821 of 111.8 pCi/L
(11.8 pCi/L)
8Jericho Heights Water Coop
Jericho, VT
602 of 211.21 pCi/L
(6.32 to 16.1 pCi/L)
9Whiffletree Condominium
Killington, VT
1893 of 310.7 pCi/L
(8.8 to 12.6 pCi/L)
10Putney Water System
VT
1,3001 of 110 pCi/L
(10 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 Vermont

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

Violation TypeNumber of Violations
Failure to monitor regularly43
Over maximum contaminant level, Average5