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In the News, Winter 2017 - 18: Millions of Americans Drink Radioactive Tap Water

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An Environmental Working Group (EWG) analysis of public water utilities across the United States indicates that more than 170 million Americans may be drinking water containing radioactive elements at levels that may increase cancer risk. Radioactive elements, such as radium, radon, uranium, and strontium, enter the groundwater from natural deposits in the earth’s crust, and their rate of release can be increased by uranium mining or oil and gas drilling in the area. The type of radiation produced by these elements is known as ionizing radiation, as it can release electrons from atoms and...

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