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Alpha particle activity in Maine


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

The Most Polluted Communities in Maine

91 water utilities reported detecting Alpha particle activity 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 level

RankSystem Population Served Positive test results of total reported tests Average Level
(Range)
1Begin Trailer Park
Sabattus, ME
1701 of 134.1 pCi/L
(34.1 pCi/L)
2Waldoboro Water Dept.
Rockport, ME
1,0001 of 127.75 pCi/L
(27.75 pCi/L)
3Happy Trails Mhp
Topsham, ME
331 of 123.6 pCi/L
(23.6 pCi/L)
4Sandy Creek Housing
Portland, ME
452 of 220.1 pCi/L
(18.2 to 22 pCi/L)
5Canton Point Park
Auburn, ME
731 of 117.5 pCi/L
(17.5 pCi/L)
6Summit Achievement
Stow, ME
643 of 310.1 pCi/L
(8.9 to 11.4 pCi/L)
7Poland Country Village Mhp,inc
East Poland, ME
1403 of 38.64 pCi/L
(8.35 to 8.85 pCi/L)
8Brookside Mobile Home Court
Newcastle, ME
881 of 17.26 pCi/L
(7.26 pCi/L)
9Wayfarer Village
Brunswick, ME
981 of 16.79 pCi/L
(6.79 pCi/L)
10Bay Bridge Estates, Llc
Brunswick, ME
1,2331 of 16.49 pCi/L
(6.49 pCi/L)

Health Based Limits for Alpha particle activity

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
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 in Maine

There are no violations reported for this contaminant in Maine