In Fredericktown, Pennsylvania, water that feeds into a Pittsburgh treatment plant has been found to contain more than 60 times what is considered the safe level of radiation.
We wouldn’t even know this if it weren’t for one concerned citizen—Ken Dufalla, part of a local conservation group—who has been testing a local creek for years. He brought his concerns to the EPA and pressed for testing.
The results showed levels of radium 226 and radium 228 totaling 327 picocuries per liter at one location, and 301 picocuries per liter of radium 226 at another location.
In plain English, that means both samples had 60 times the EPA drinking water standard of 5 picocuries per liter.