Potentially Unsafe Levels Of #Radium
In #MD #DrinkingWater
is raising concerns when it comes to a certain kind of "#radioactive
" contaminant in #Maryland
's drinking water.
By Deb Belt | Jan 23, 2018 1:21 pm ET | Updated Jan 27, 2018 4:07 pm ET
Potentially Unsafe Levels Of Radium In MD Drinking Water: Report
Data compiled by a nationwide environmental organization is raising concerns when it comes to a certain kind of "radioactive" contaminant in Maryland's drinking water supply. Radium — the most common radioactive element found in tap water — was measured at levels above health guidelines in more than 200 Maryland water utilities, according to information released this month by the #EnvironmentalWorkingGroup
Exposure to radium over long periods of time can increase the risk of various Environmentalists, including those with the EWG, have taken issue with the EPA's standards.
In Maryland, 104 utilities had water with radium-228 above accepted health guidelines, although they under EPA levels, plus 109 utilities with radium-226 levels that exceeded health limits. Nationwide, utilities in 27 states had radium levels above the legal limit.