States Pursue Radon Limits in Drinking Water as EPA Action Lags

States Pursue Radon Limits in Drinking Water as EPA Action Lags.

By GAYATHRI VAIDYANATHAN of Greenwire

Published: December 7, 2010

States are taking the lead with studying levels of radon in drinking water and air even as federal regulators lag, as a coincidence of geology and population density leaves some more at risk than others of suffering from the naturally occurring radioactive toxin.

One Response to States Pursue Radon Limits in Drinking Water as EPA Action Lags

  1. Brian oram says:

    States and water supplies have been monitoring radiological parameters for the past 20 years. When the wells are cited they are initially tested for alpha, beta, uranium, and in the past Radium 226 and Radium 228. So there is a wealth of baseline data.

    Surfacewater sources – need to have real-time monitoring systems for general water quality, but real-time monitoring for radiologicals are expensive. I believe there is an cheaper gamma monitoring device.

    For wells and groundwater – I believe the larger concern would be increases in salinity or salts.

    Please support the following

    Citizens Groundater/ Surfacewater Database
    http://www.wilkes.edu/water

    Homeowner Outreach and Private Well Improvement Program
    http://www.pnercd.org

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