"Unknown Quantity: Regulating Radionuclides in Tap Water"

"Residents in almost all parts of the United States live on lands that contain minor to substantial concentrations of radionuclides of one type or another.1 These substances often make their way into tap water, leading to exposures by ingestion, inhalation, or dermal pathways during showering or other contact with the water.

Although radionuclides are widespread, there are large gaps in our knowledge about sources of these materials, their distribution, associated health risks, and mitigation measures. However, the information we do have suggests that current drinking water standards for radionuclides established by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) may not adequately protect health."

Bob Weinhold reports for Environmental Health Perspectives August 31, 2012.

Source: EHP, 09/04/2012