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Alpha particle activity (incl. radon & uranium) in Nebraska

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

The Most Polluted Communities in Nebraska

169 water utilities reported detecting Alpha particle activity (incl. radon & 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 (incl. radon & uranium) level

RankSystem Population Served Positive test results of total reported tests Average Level
Axtell, NE
3882 of 237.35 pCi/L
(36.2 to 38.5 pCi/L)
2Village of Bellwood
Bellwood, NE
4404 of 435.25 pCi/L
(22.65 to 44.35 pCi/L)
3City of Schuyler
Schuyler, NE
5,3714 of 434.58 pCi/L
(24.77 to 40.75 pCi/L)
4Village of Lyman
Lyman, NE
4503 of 333.94 pCi/L
(27.05 to 38.33 pCi/L)
5City of Cambridge
Cambridge, NE
1,1073 of 331.07 pCi/L
(27.2 to 35.3 pCi/L)
6Village of Hildreth
Hildreth, NE
3704 of 429.45 pCi/L
(25.2 to 35.2 pCi/L)
7City of Mccook
Mccook, NE
7,9945 of 527.67 pCi/L
(17.2 to 38.77 pCi/L)
8Village of Dorchester
Dorchester, NE
6144 of 427.65 pCi/L
(15.4 to 39.8 pCi/L)
9Village of Overton
Overton, NE
7001 of 127.5 pCi/L
(27.5 pCi/L)
10Village of Morrill
Morrill, NE
9745 of 527.48 pCi/L
(16.57 to 35.4 pCi/L)

Health Based Limits for Alpha particle activity (incl. radon & uranium)

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

Violation Summary for Alpha particle activity (incl. radon & uranium) in Nebraska

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

Violation TypeNumber of Violations
Failure to monitor regularly2